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FALL 1970 


2 The Woman's College— Why? 

12 The Woman's College in a Man's World 
by Marvin B. Perry, Jr. 

14 «'. 

This Divine Discontent" 

21 The Hemline Crisis 

by Ann Jacobs Pakradooni, '43 

24 What is Good Teaching? 

by Sarah Thorpe Ramage 

26 The Role of the College-Educated Woman 
in the 70's 

35 Class Notes 

42 'Helen Mac' and 'Dan Boone' Leave the Staff 
by Martha von Briesen, '31 

44 Alumnae Association Executive Board 

Volume 41, Number 1, Fall 1970 

Editor: Elizabeth Bond Wood, '34 

Associate Editor: Catharine Fitzgerald Booker, '47 

Class Notes Editor: Mary Hughes Vaughan Blackwell 

Issued four times yearly: Fall, Winter, Spring 
and Summer, by Sweet Briar College. Second class 
postage paid at Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595, and 
at additional mailing offices. 


On the Cover: 

Our Cover Girls up a tree are 
the Bum Chums of 1969-70. 

Up a tree is literally where many 
women's colleges find themselves 
today as they ask, Why a woman's 

Why, indeed? This issue of the 
Magazine looks at that question 
and suggests that Sweet Briar 
may not be up a tree at all; 
that its real concern is keeping 
its branches of learning as sturdy 
as an oak and its spirit as young 
and alive as the redbud in 
spring — and always allowing "the 
winds of change" to continuously 
refresh the College and its people. 

T fJ~rom tlje Z&riar v'atcfj... 


s we go to press and try to answer a question important to all of 
us: The Woman's College — Why?, we also go to press asking ourselves, 
Why an Alumnae Magazine? What are our goals and purpose? What do 
we want to say, and what do alumnae want to read ? 

We believe you may want to read a number of things: what is hap- 
pening today at Sweet Briar; what are the coming major developments on 
campus ; how important is the woman's college in this decade ; what are 
the problems of the woman's college ; what is today's student like ; what 
are your faculty-friends concerned about: what are your alumnae-friends 
doing with their lives. 

Our goals for the magazine are three : be interesting, be believable, be 
informative. We shall try to give you a quarterly magazine that is timely, 
truthful, interesting and imaginative — that is our intent. Our content 
will be Issues and People (human interest stories and critical, controversial 
articles) . 

Class Notes are here to stay, and we plan to add a bit of sparkle to 
that department with brief profiles of our alumnae. We hope, also, from 
time to time, to give you light, entertaining features. As we look ahead 
to the coming year, we plan articles on "Music as a Liberal Art" . . . 
"Art as a Liberal Art" . . . "The Garden Club of Virginia" . . . "What's 
Cooking at Sweet Briar?" . . . "Alumnae Husbands and Sons" . . . "Alumnae 
Council '70: A Round-table talk with Alumnae." 

We hope to write with a lightness-of-touch and a seriousness-of- 
thought, a combination so ably brought to this Magazine by our former 
Associate Editor, Nancy St. Clair Talley, '56. 

We welcome your letters, your opinions, views and suggestions. We 
have an idea that you will like our magazine and read it — and in reading, 
be reminded that it is your alumnae gifts of loyalty, support and concern 
for Sweet Briar that are clearly needed and counted on today in the life 
of your College. 

—The Editors 

where they can wear the mini and the maxi and each be her own person in her otvn way." 


od's in his heaven: All's right with the 
world" is the message we see on these happy faces. 
It's safe to presume that our QV's, at the picture- 
taking moment, were not thinking of Robert Brown- 
ing or indeed The Woman's College. Possibly they 
were thinking of other Roberts (at W&L and The 
University) , but Mr. Browning, No ! Very likely 
their glad faces show how splendid it is to be young 
and pretty and QV's at Sweet Briar, where they 
can wear the mini, the midi and the maxi and each 
be her own person in her own way. 

We suspect the QV's, along with their colleagues 
in the dorms and classrooms, do talk about The 
Woman's College and why they are there at Sweet 
Briar and what is special about a woman's college 
and what is Sweet Briar going to do about coeduca- 
tion anyway. 

"If our survival depends on becoming coeduca- 
tional," states Dean Catherine Sims, "then I am 
afraid I must say our chances of survival are poor." 

Because Coeducation, because The Woman's Col- 
lege are indeed questions-of-the-day for all of us 
(and perhaps questions of long-years past), we 
looked back to see how our former, late President 
Meta Glass answered these questions; and then we 
asked our Dean and several faculty members and 
alumnae for their views and comments. We asked 
several questions, leading off with: 

What Can the Woman's College Uniquely Offer? 

"One thing, only, uniquely," Dean Sims answers. 
"That is the opportunity for students to be them- 
selves, without worrying about whether other stu- 
dents, women or men, are going to think they are 
feminine or not. If they enjoy physics more than 
art, they need not apologize for it. If they like to 
argue politics, they don't have to keep quiet in 
deference to the tendency of some men, young and 
old alike, and some women, to think that women 
shouldn't bother their pretty little heads with poli- 
tics. If they really enjoy making graphs for the 

economics course, they need not bother to conceal 
their enjoyment." 

(The Dean's comments on the enjoyment of mak- 
ing graphs reminds us of a verse written in the late 
19th century by a student enrolled in one of the 
women's colleges. When advised against the un- 
feminine pursuit of higher mathematics, the girl 
wrote, "I will avoid equations,/ And shun the 
naughty surd,/ I must beware the perfect square./ 
Through it girls have erred:/ And when men men- 
tion Rule of Three/ Pretend I have not heard.") 

Suggesting that this 19th century attitude may 
persist even today, Barbara Lasier Edgerley, '51, 
La Moille, 111., writes, "At Sweet Briar we felt free 
to stretch our minds to the limits! In our classes, 
the desire to excel intellectually was not tempered 
by the feeling, 'You don't want to scare off the men 
by being too smart,' as might occur in a coed class. 

"What Sweet Briar uniquely offers is full partici- 
pation in extra-curricular activities. This experience 
gave me the background needed for my community 
volunteer work here in a rural mid-western area : 
presiding at meetings, doing publicity, skill in stage- 
makeup, playing the organ for YW chapels, leading 
games at the Indian Mission. These college activities 
all have their parallels now: I headed the County 
Extension Council, did county-wide publicity for all 
phases of the University of Illinois Cooperative 
Extension Service, helped with grade-school theatri- 
cals, am assistant organist at our church, and am 
helping at our Gateway Center. 

"My experience as a member of the Board of 
Trustees of the Illinois Valley Community College 
has been most rewarding and the scope of the 
activity, unlimited. My conclusion," Barbara says, 
"is that I question whether in a coed college I would 

Barbara Lasier Edgerley, '51 

have had the opportunity for leadership. Would I 
have deferred to the man and have lost the expe- 

Maria Ward, '69 

Maria Ward, '69, Spartanburg, S. C, Phi Beta 
Kappa, McVea Scholar, and former Assistant to the 
Director of Admission at Sweet Briar, writes, "As 
a recent Sweet Briar graduate who attended a large 
university for one semester, I can see what Sweet 
Briar uniquely offers : a life more exciting, stimu- 
lating and challenging than a life at a university, 
where girls were often not expected to be interested 
in their work. It was very difficult to find opportu- 
nity for the student-professor closeness that adds 
so much to the academic and community life at 
Sweet Briar. ... In classes, girls and boys looked 
at each other as possible dates; girls hesitated to 
speak up, fearing they would look 'too smart.' The 
dialogue between the sexes, reputed to add reality 
of life, never really existed at all. 

"At the university I found that many lectures 
and symposia, interesting courses and organizations 
were closed to students : a set-size had been reached, 
or the student was not majoring in a certain sub- 
ject. Heaven forbid that a math major attend a 
lecture by U Thant !" 

Maria believes that extra-curricular life at a 
woman's college is much fuller than at a coed col- 
lege. "Girls at Sweet Briar can contribute to many 
different activities — Student Government, welfare 
work, or planning a symposium. Although a few 
exceptionally capable girls at the university became 
campus leaders, most coeds were observers, not 

As the Dean has stated, as Maria writes, "A girl 
at Sweet Briar is not tempted to limit herself and 
is not limited bv circumstances to the traditional 

submissive feminine role. She can develop her capa- 
bilities and her personality to the fullest. 

"A Sweet Briar girl has the opportunity to be 
really involved in what is going on on campus, in 
her studies and campus intellectual life, with her 
friends, in making the community work. In these 
days when women are more and more called on to 
lead in business and civic affairs, the Sweet Briar 
experience is one I'm thankful I have had. Feeling 
this way, I find it difficult to believe there is a seri- 
ous need to state the advantages of women's colleges 
— and yet, I know there is. Many college students 
today have attended large high schools and have 
never known the personalized attention the small 
college gives. Many of their parents attended coed 
universities; often their guidance counselors are 
products of mass education; most of their friends 
will attend coed universities. 

"Who is there to tell them of the many advantages 
of the small, woman's college? We alumnae, better 
than anyone, can pinpoint the advantages of our 
kind of college. If we don't do it, no one else will. 
Let's get busy!" 

Although she was not a Sweet Briar alumna (that 
person our recent graduate Maria Ward believes 
best knows the advantages of a woman's college), 
President Meta Glass was busy every moment of her 
twenty-two years at Sweet Briar, not only in ex- 
plaining the advantages but also in building the 

President Meta Glass 

advantages we know exist today. In her Inaugural 
Address, Nov. 13, 1925, Miss Glass emphasized one 
advantage the woman's college offers : "About one 
extra-curriculum activity I shall venture to speak 
from the point of view especially of the woman's 
college, and that is Student Government. 

"Its worth has been challenged recently by a 
prominent university dean; and my surprize as I 

listened to his judgment that it was a failure was 
only abated when I realized how differently it seems 
to work in women's colleges from the experience 
he has had of it. His was a coeducational university, 
and the correcting of one student by others or even 
the gaining of necessary information encountered 
the obstacles of gallantry, when a man refused to 
tell a woman student or publicly to censure her. 
This element is removed in a woman's college, and 
it may be that women are more tolerant of details 
and are more willing to have their time occupied 
by the work that Student Government entails, in 
addition to a pride in self-government that may be 
a corollary of their recently-enfranchised position. 

"That Student Government in the woman's college 
is an invaluable exercise of judgment, justice, and 
initiative of students would, I think, be the verdict 
of almost all women who have lived with it and 
under it. It is a field calling for the correlation of 
so much gained in other places, that, as a laboratory 
for inter-relations, I, for one, could only relinquish 
it with keen regret." 

The years of her Presidency, from 1925 to 1946, 
were years unscarred by campus strikes, disruptions 
and cries of "relevancy," and many alumnae of the 
20's and 30's and 40's may look back to those peace- 
ful times with some nostalgia and even with a bit 
of wishful thinking. While it is true that some 
alumnae resist "the winds of change" at Sweet 
Briar, it is also true that more and more alumnae 
do accept, understand and love The Sweet Briar of 
Today. However, in their acceptance and under- 
standing of Sweet Briar Today, there is a certain 
"longing," a belief that in these restless times Sweet 
Briar can offer a certain uniqueness, expressed by 
an alumna, Nancy Butzner Leavell, '34, of Char- 
lottesville : 

"As a parent I find in conversation with other 
parents in these restless times that there is a long- 
ing for a quiet, undisrupted college with a definite 
framework and spiritual underpinning. Here they 
feel their daughters can have an opportunity to 
learn what they need to learn for what they want to 
do with their lives. Everywhere these anxious par- 
ents are questioning the validity of higher education 
for their children in some of the disturbed, radical 
campuses of today. In many cases young women are 
not ready for the commotion and diversion of the 
large university. The great loss of identity, the lone- 
liness, the small personal contact with faculty, the 
loose framework and patterns of living in large 
institutions are points in favor of the small college. 

"In these harassed times a special premium 
should be set on those rare campuses that still 
provide a serenity, a beauty, and an atmosphere 
conducive to thoughtful and productive work." 



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Mrs. Leavell then asks several questions that need 
to be asked, and answered, if Sweet Briar is to 
continue to provide "an atmosphere conducive to 
thoughtful and productive work." She says, "If 
these campuses in the small, woman's colleges no 
longer provide a satisfying community experience 
for faculty and students, it would seem of prime 
importance that both faculty and students ask them- 
selves why it does not. What is there lacking in such 
an environment for a happy and enjoyable time of 
learning? Why is there a general exodus by the end 
of each week? There would be a break-through 
everywhere if this dilemma could be resolved." 

Answering Mrs. Leavell's question of the week- 
end exodus, Professor of Music Lucile Umbreit, a 
member of Sweet Briar's faculty since 1937, ex- 
plains, "Today's students are urban-oriented. If 
they can spend every weekend in Washington, it 
helps them." 

To our question, What does the woman's college 
uniquely offer, Miss Umbreit answers, "A woman's 
college is a personal affair. How can we say it is 
good or not good? It is good for those who want 
what it represents. It means first of all an un- 
paralleled opportunity to study (no daily dates), a 
chance to know and communicate with adults 
beyond the family circle, specifically adults who 
represent awakened intellectual and artistic inter- 
ests, a chance to know intimately one's female 
peers — the others in the upper five percent, or is it 
ten? These three factors are not so readily found 

in a coeducational institution as they are in a 
woman's college such as Sweet Briar." 

Miss Umbreit's colleague in the music department, 
Professor of Music, G. Noble Gilpin, believes the 
woman's college offers "the obvious truism: Educa- 
tion for Women ; perhaps not so obvious as it sounds. 
Women are different from men: 1) in their biologi- 
cal furnishings — and this is not meant to refer 
exclusively to the sexual equipment, but also to their 
general bodily make-up. A good-looking woman 
doesn't make a good-looking man; she has unique- 
ness about her looks that complements the unique- 
ness of the other sex. 2) And more important, the 
psychological uniqueness of the woman is as critical 
as the psychological uniqueness of the man. The 
woman's college must be founded, organized, and 
engineered on this premise," Mr. Gilpin states. 

"What the woman's college can uniquely offer," 
suggests Associate Professor of Religion Gregory 
Armstrong, "is the recognition of women students 
as persons ; this is in contrast to the large coed 
university where women students are secondary to 
the professionally and vocationally oriented men, 
who often seem to receive the faculty's primary 
attention. Women at Sweet Briar obviously are not 
simply playmates for male students. Here, our stu- 
dent can work out her identity as a human being 
without being pre-labeled a woman, with all the 
implications our society attaches to that label. 

"Certainly in the present situation in most coed 
colleges and universities, women students and 
women faculty do not enjoy an equal opportunity 
for leadership and advancement, as they do in a 
woman's college. Sweet Briar has always pointed to 
this advantage, and I find it one of the most tangible. 

Paul Cronin 

"Sweet Briar's strength also lies in its smallness 
and humaneness. Simply in terms of setting and size, 
it is a college on a human scale. It is exceedingly 
costly to maintain this character, but I consider it 
a worthy investment in what appears to be a vanish- 
ing species or natural resource." 

Agreeing with our other writers on this question, 
Paul Cronin, Assistant Professor of Physical Edu- 
cation and Lecturer in Sociology, writes, "The lead- 
ership role is one of the most valuable opportunities 
in the small, woman's college. . . . The students of 
a woman's college study and grow in a setting where 
women assume leadership roles such as academic 
Dean, heads of departments, and President of the 
College. ... I don't think this factor fully answers 
the question of The Woman's College — Why? Per- 
haps the woman's college can do a better job with 
some students than a coeducational system. I cen- 
tainly hope that women will always have good 
choices among small, large, sexually-segregated, and 
coeducational systems." 

In one sentence, Byrd Stone, '56, Instructor in 
Education and Director of the Nursery School, sums 
up what the woman's college offers: "It offers a 
woman a firm place in the world of tomorrow by 
preparing her to be an individual — a distinctly 
female individual who knows and understands her- 
self and her potential and who is ready to face the 
world secure in this knowledge." 

Can the Woman's College Survive? 

• Richard Rowland, Professor of English: This is 
the question, and not to be answered only financially. 
The lively girls are often the ones who leave. The 
ardent defenders of the woman's college often speak 
of parents who want their daughters at a woman's 
college — this scares me — these are too often the most 
rebellious students, and if we really get down to 
being a haven for daughters of weak-kneed parents, 
then we are doomed. As to the alumnae, my impres- 
sion is very much that what they want to support 
is an exciting and alive institution." 

• Elizabeth Wentworth, Associate Professor of Phi- 
losophy: "I wonder indeed if the woman's college 
can survive, unless it is in close proximity to a 
men's college, with which it can establish integral 

• Lucile Umbriet, Professor of Music : "Perhaps the 
woman's college can survive financially, perhaps not. 
One of the problems is the exodus after the first two 
college years. At this point, more than at any other, 
the student is curious and she feels her social and 
geographic isolation. She is not dissatisfied with 
Sweet Briar, but she is eager to know about the rest 
of the educational world. She asks, Are classes bet- 
ter or worse than at Sweet Briar? What other sub- 

jects are taught? Are the dates of a better quality 
than those in the Blue Ridge: can they talk? The 
girls need to know what the men think about Viet- 
nam and the world far more than they need them as 
roommates. The junior years abroad alleviate their 
healthy curiosity and are popular because they help 
eradicate their feeling of segregation." 

• Barbara Lasier Edgerley, '51 : "My answer to this 
question is No. The beauty and privacy of the cam- 
pus still take my breath away, and much as I loved 
Sweet Briar, many of today's young women are 
just not interested. The most difficult question of all 
to assess is, Are there enough young women who do 
want this type of college experience to justify its 

• Dean Catherine Sims : "Financially, men's colleges 
have problems, too. It is a question of resources, 
good management, as well as of attracting students. 
We need urgently to enlarge our income from 
sources other than student-fees so that we are not 
so much at the mercy of tides in admissions. . . . 
We must be frank with ourselves that for another 
two or three years the number of college-age stu- 
dents will be relatively low in relation to the number 
of college places open." 

• G. Noble Gilpin, Professor of Music : "Financially, 
women's college have always taken the poor end of 
the stick. In former years, when men controlled the 
money, they gave it to their alma maters. . . . Now, 
when we understand that women control a goodly 
percentage of the wealth, they are still reluctant to 
go all-out in support of their colleges. Women's col- 
leges as a group are still taking the left-overs. 
Unfortunately, left-overs are not sufficient today to 
finance first-class learning. As a result, one finds 
many women's colleges are the last strongholds of 
careful, conservative, unadventurous (for adven- 
tures take risk!) curricula and methods. This care- 
ful, conservative financial management is reflected 
or concurrent with a pietistic, narrow and limited 
administrative personnel ; and of course this creates 
a cautious, conservative atmosphere for a learning 
situation — and in this day of many crises, this just 
won't do. It is not acceptable to men or women who 
are sensitive, perceptive and bright. If they find 
themselves in such an atmosphere they figure to get 
out of it. This is to say that women's colleges, stinted 
as they are financially with the resultant limitations 
on administration, faculty and equipment, will not 
attract the best women, and if they do, the best 
women make an effort to leave." 

• Gregory Armstrong , Associate Professor of Reli- 
gion: "Even though I believe we can survive finan- 
cially and continue to justify our existence, I do not 
see this as any guarantee of our financial survival. 
We are in a financial bind right now. Very soon we 

may not be able to do the things educationally that 
would justify our survival. We must tell our alumnae 
and friends that we are ready to enter the future 
educationally but we don't have the price of admis- 
sion. The gains made by Sweet Briar in terms of 
endowment, buildings, faculty and students under 
President Pannell have been spectacular. She de- 
serves our fullest support in raising the $28 million 
of the current capital funds campaign. 

Coeducation for Sweet Briar? 

As we ask this question and find that several of 
our alumnae and faculty members believe that co- 
education may be desirable and necessary for Sweet 
Briar, we should heed the words of Herbert N. 
Heston, Development Director at Smith College for 
the last two decades and now vice-president of the 
Barton-Gillet Company in Baltimore. Mr. Heston 

"Lest we rush into the conclusion that the adop- 
tion of coeducation is the only hope for the future 
support of women's colleges, there are certain 
factors to consider. First, of course, is the fact that 
it will be many years before the men coeds will 
attain positions of significant giving potential. This 
will certainly not be an important constituency for 
at least ten years. Then there is the question of 
whether they will ever feel the same loyalty — and 
it is remarkable ! — evidenced by the alumnae of 
separate colleges. Finally, as regards alumnae sup- 
port, there is the question of whether the women 
themselves will be willing to lend their traditional 
support to a college which no longer represents 
what they knew in their college days." 

• Mr. Armstrong : "I don't see coeducation in our 
future either as a possibility or a panacea. We must 
dedicate ourselves to being a first-rate college for 
women and must really discover what that means." 

• Dean Sims : "There is no reason to think that if 
Sweet Briar were coed it would serve more usefully. 
As a practical matter, it would be many years before 
we could attract enough men students to make a 
significant change in the character of the student 

• Miss Urbriet: "I cannot imagine why a man 
would want to enroll at Sweet Briar in preference 
to a university or a men's college where there would 
be more men." 

• Miss Stone : "Instead of joining the crowd and 
becoming one of hundreds of mediocre coed institu- 
tions, why not continue to work towards being the 
best in the women's college field?" 

• Miss Wenhvorth : "A women's college is out of 
tune with the times. The fact that women are in- 
creasingly eager for equal opportunity in all fields 
suggests to me that a woman's college has no par- 

ticular role. . . . Some of our best students are eager 
to transfer to coed colleges. They expect to find two 
things : intellectual interplay with male students and 
an opportunity for a more normal social life. On the 
basis of my experience at coed institutions, I think 
they will probably not be disappointed. . . . Women 
are in a confusing situation; I cannot see that a 
woman's college will help straighten it out. It would 
be far better for the girls to compete with men in 
the classrooms. Only the day-to-day contacts with 
men in all kinds of situations can help women 
untangle their emotions and their intellectual atti- 
tudes on their roles in the world." 
• Miss Jane Clark, '51, Instructor in Journalism, 
University of Missouri : "If I had a daughter about 
to enter college, I would recommend she seriously 
consider a coeducational institution for two reasons : 
Ours is basically a coeducational society. Men and 
women work together, live together, play together 
in the outside world. The sooner both men and 
women are able to establish an informal, easy 
acceptance of each other in day-to-day life, the more 
wholesome and natural relationship with each other. 
My second reason for favoring a coed college is an 
intellectual one. The minds of both men and women 
are more finely honed by exposure to each other's 
way of thinking. I am firmly convinced that the 
more heterogeneous the makeup of an academic 
community, the broader the opportunities for learn- 
ing. Despite my preference for coeducation, I foresee 
certain handicaps which might prevent Sweet Briar 
from turning in this direction : its location and 
liberal arts orientation would limit its attractiveness 

Jane Clark, '51 

to many male students. The College would need to 
offer strong pre-professional courses (in law and 
business administration) if it were to attract a 
broad spectrum of male candidates. With young 
people's demands to be 'where the action is,' I 
believe the isolation of the College would prevent 
many men from considering Sweet Briar. Then, 
too, although this may seem a frivolous thought 
about a serious issue, the name of the College might 
be a serious obstacle on any path toward coeduca- 
tion. How many men would be willing to say publicly 
they had a degree from an institution named Sweet 

• Mr. Rowland: "I don't think the Sweet Briar 
faculty feels much longing for the big university — 
there is plenty of excitement in teaching these young 
women. We are proud of them, and it is challenging 
to teach them. We have a very good faculty and one 
which has chosen this sort of institution where you 
can see what you are doing. This is what seems 
urgent to me: to preserve this sort of education 
whether for men or women or both. And if we scare 
away the good students by not treating them as 
adults, we won't have anything left. The liberal arts 
college is interested in creating lively, intelligent 

Richard Rowland 

people, not narrow specialists, such people as the 
good teachers at Sweet Briar and such people as 
you Sweet Briar alumnae are. It is just as important 
to educate a mother or a businessman to be civilized 
as it is to create another professor of English or an 
atomic scientist. And when we give up that belief, 
the Sweet Briars are done for. But I do not think it 
has much to do with coeducation or not." 
• Mr. Gilpin : "Men from men's colleges say that 
pursuing the goals of education in an environment 
without women fosters a build-up of the woman- 
image as a sex symbol and negates her importance 
as a cooperative partner in the process of learning 
how to live. The general pattern of the woman's 
college, unless it is near a men's college, is to devote 
a short week to the frantic pursuit of academic 
studies and a long weekend to the even more frantic 
pursuit of coeducational socializing with all that 
that term implies. The intelligent woman sees this 
whole process as placing her in a disadvantageous 
position in the human race (race used as a verb) . 
She wants to be a sex-symbol at the proper time, but 
not a sex-symbol exclusively. She wants to know her 
men friends as companions in intellectual adventures 
rather than just in emotional adventures. In fact, 
the former is so contributory to the latter that one 
can hardly expect success in life to grow out of 
what would seem to be a situation whose uniqueness 
would so far remove it from later living experiences 
as to render largely invalid the four most formative 
years of her life. . . . The admissions standards of 
women's colleges is slowly being eroded to accom- 
modate a special type of girl — and she is not the 
best intellectual material — who hopes to find her 
solution to educational living in the woman's college. 
... It is pertinent to observe that too many good 
students transfer from the woman's college to the 
coed college, our special kind of 'brain drain' ". 

What is Sweet Briar's position on coeducation? 

A statement from the College reads in part as 
follows: "For the foreseeable future, the Board en- 
visions that Sweet Briar shall remain primarily a 
residential, liberal arts college for women. One of 
the distinguishing characteristics of American 
higher education has been its great diversity. High 
school seniors have had a variety of options. . . . 
Sweet Briar believes that this kind of diversity is 
both important and healthy and should be preserved 
as a part of the system of higher education in the 
United States. Sweet Briar believes that the wom- 
an's college offers certain unique advantages to its 
students which they would not have at a coed college 
or university : 

1. The extra-curricular activities at the woman's 
college are designed with the young woman in 
mind. . . . 

Gregory Armstrong 

2. At a woman's college, a female student is a 
first-class citizen. . . . 

3. At a woman's college, a girl has the opportu- 
nity to develop her talents and explore her 
interests without being conscious of any social 
pressure. . . . She can be herself." 

Aware of the College's present policy on coedu- 
cation, we asked our contributors to this essay this 
question : 
Where Do We Go from Here? 

• Mr. Armstrong : "The educational issue of the 70's 
is surely going to be the quality of teaching in the 
college and university. We have a good start in this 
area but are still far from the millennium. An 
imaginative curriculum and calendar are essential 
to Sweet Briar's survival." (Ed. note: Sweet Briar's 
Ad Hoc Calendar Committee, under Mr. Arm- 
strong's chairmanship, recommends in its prelim- 
inary report that a 4-1-4 calendar be adopted, allow- 
ing a Winter Term, "a time for the student to 
pursue her own interests through an intensive in- 
vestigation of an area or topic without other course 
obligations. The Winter Term reflects a desire to 
emphasize independent study for all students as the 
sine qua non of a liberal arts education while making 
provisions for those freshmen who may not be ready 
for it." The Calendar Committee urges that we heed 
the recommendations of the Self-Study Committee: 
"In view of the nation-wide student demand for 
'relevance' in college studies, it is urgent that Sweet 
Briar continue to stress curricular innovation and 
extend the possibilities for interdisciplinary courses 
and independent studies.") 

• Mr. Armstrong: "The Calendar Committee has 
not made education for women its primary concern. 

Its concern has been the quality and character of 
liberal education at Sweet Briar, and its most overt 
aim has been to secure the recognition of students 
as co-equals in every aspect of the educational 
process. Most important is the fact that students 
are responsible individuals with as much interest in 
their education as the faculty and Administration." 
• Nancy St. Clair Tally, '56: "The answer, Where 
do we go from here? — the answer to all these ques- 
tions, must be considered from the point of view of 
history and from the point of view of today — that 
is, from what we know enough about to interpret 
and from what we are too close to interpret ac- 
curately. . . . The real excellence of the woman's 
college is grounded in history. After the mid-19th 
century, after there was in the Northeast enough 
comfort to give women leisure to develop themselves, 
women could not go to institutions of higher educa- 
tion. Apparently enough women became learned 
through tutoring to prove that women were the 
intellectual equals of men when they had opportunity 
to become so. To give them such opportunity, insti- 
tutions were founded especially for them. Holyoke, 
Vassar, Bryn Mawr, Smith, in whatever order, were 
not founded as women's colleges. They were founded 
as colleges for women, to offer the same education 
that other colleges — Harvard, Yale, Princeton — 
which were colleges for men, offered. All these insti- 
tutions purported to give the best possible education. 

"As times changed and education changed, and 
the settling of the West forced us to change our 
views of the weakness, the ineptitude of women, the 
situation in these first colleges did not change. They 
continued to offer the very best in education. They 
continued to be segregated sexually. They continued 
to lead. 

"After 1900, they continued to lead so strongly 
that colleges founded with a goal of excellence fol- 
lowed them in segregation by sex. There were some 
exceptions, but not in the East. Near these early 
leaders, other institutions were men's or women's 
colleges, many of them excellent academically as 
those of the mid-and-late 19th century. 

"Where do we go from here depends both on this, 
our history, and on our contemporary situation. Do 
we remain a woman's institution because sexually- 
segregated institutions have traditionally been the 
excellent ones? Or is there somthing about today to 
make this stand untenable? 

"It is too soon to tell," Mrs. Talley believes. "But 
if women are indeed to be accepted in the competi- 
tive world of the professions and commerce as 
equals rather than as mavericks, then there will be 
no grounds for the argument that women should be 
educated differently from men. And if the new 
equality proves to be thus real, then there is no 

ground for the argument that in being trained with 
other women, exclusively, women are being trained 
for the realities of the world in which all but the 
most brilliant and dedicated of them — the doctors, 
the lawyers — will live and move and have (make) 
their being. 

"It seems to me that the real good of women's 
colleges is historical. This excellence has its root in 
the history of education in this country. If the latter 
is changing, it may be that we should base a change 
in the educational system upon that excellence, 
changing, as it were, the form without the substance. 

"But only if woman's role is changing. Is it? I 
am educating my sons to think it is. But would I so 
educate my daughters? Would I hope for them a 
Sweet Briar education, or one like it is in its excel- 
lence, geared to today's changes? This must be our 
aim," Mrs. Talley concludes, "to allow our historical 
excellence to grow with time. Whether such growth 
means ultimate coeducation, I do not know." 

• Julia Mills Jacobsen, '45, Sweet Briar's Coordi- 
nator of Government Relations: "For some time 
Sweet Briar has been directing more and more 
attention to environmental and ecological studies, in 
the belief that, quoting Professor Jane Belcher's 
theme for over a decade, 'Man must learn to live 
in harmony with his environment.' I believe this 
emphasis on environmental studies with a chance 
to make full use of the campus year-round provides 
SBC with the justification for existence that many 
colleges must be prepared to provide in the future. 
Add to this a new willingness to become more 
involved in the community and share cultural 
resources and we really have a case for Sweet 

• Mr. Cronin: "In making a liberal arts education 
more relevant, the College must take its classroom 
beyond the library and campus. For example, soci- 
ology students can utilize the community in research 
or social-work experiences ; political science students 
can utilize the real political system in the local com- 
munity. These should not be classified by the tradi- 
tionalists as vocational training. However, I do not 
see the liberal arts college as fulfilling its role by 
providing majors in actual vocational training, such 
as computer-programming. . . . Although it will be 
a financial problem, the small, woman's college must 
offer more than vocational guidance : a professional 
job-placement service is very necessary now for 
graduates of the woman's college. Women today are 
preferring challenging careers once opened exclu- 
sively to men. A professional placement service, 
perhaps operated in conjunction with other colleges, 

Dean Catherine S. Sims 

would help Sweet Briar graduates to find the choice 

• Dean Sims: "We need to do more in the shaping 
of staff and facilities with nearby colleges, and for 
this we must have the cooperation of our faculty 
and of the other college faculties. ... It is not true 
that schedule difficulties prevent our students' tak- 
ing courses elsewhere. Schedule problems can be 
worked out. The problem is to get the cooperation 
of all the participating colleges so that there will 
not be a duplication of effort. Substantial economies 
could be brought about if we could get this kind of 

"What can we offer? First, courses which take 
advantage of our location: Ornithology, Field Bot- 
any, work in rural problems. Perhaps out of the 
COSIP grant we can develop a specialization in 
rural sociology. Secondly, courses which take advan- 
tage of present strengths. For example, we have 
strength and a fine reputation in languages. We 
have a fine reputation in History of Art, in studio 
art. We need to continue to develop an exciting 
program in creative writing. We need to concentrate 
our efforts in areas where we already have strength, 
and invest time and money in advertising our 
strengths. We need to blow our own horn a little 


"We could have a good summer program on Vol- 
unteer Service Training. We ought to think of sev- 
eral short-term summer courses to be operated 


simultaneously (for reasons of economy) . One in 
Ecology ; one in Volunteer Service. Or we might ask 
our studio artists to plan a program for those inter- 
ested in finding out whether they have talent in 
drawing, painting, sculpturing. These short courses 
could be given for alumnae, interested non-alumnae, 
for students and others in the community." 

• Barbara Lasier Edgerley, '51 : "I taught myself 
to type one summer. I wish it had been offered at 
SBC. I believe everyone should have a speech course. 
The need to express oneself well in public is a life- 
long need. I believe the physical education courses 
should emphasize sports that can be enjoyed after 
college — not basketball or field hockey. Jobs after 
college are a big thing now. A girl wants to be sure 
this is something she will be able to see in her future 
after college. Can Sweet Briar provide the back- 
ground? It's a must." 

• Mr. Rowland : "We must think about the married 
working woman — make it easy for her to return to 
college, provide day-care for children if necessary. 
I very urgently believe we must get the campus fixed 
up for some sort of married women's re-training 
experience in the summer. Isn't this the time we 
could give some practical instruction to get the 35-40 
wife ready to go out and work and to refresh her 
mind about what she learned 15 years ago? The 
suggestion of a summer Volunteer Service Training 
program is a good one." 

• Mr. Gilpin: "We need semester-exchange, project- 
exchange, and course-exchange. Sweet Briar cannot 
offer Chinese or Russian, for example, but its stu- 
dents could take these languages at a nearby college 
or university. Nearly every major department at 
Sweet Briar could offer special projects (welfare 
work in a given area ; music-study in a given area) , 
special projects that can be pursued by women or 
men. Another example, suppose the Davidson Glee 
Club spent two weeks on our campus, housed on one 
floor of one dorm. They could attend classes as best 
met their academic needs, the time allotted for choir 
rehearsal and joint rehearsal. They would not have 
two weeks lost to English, physics, etc. They could 
attend those classes — and certainly enliven those 
classes ! And certainly enliven this campus for a 
while !" 

• Nancy Butzner Leavell, '34 : "Education today can- 
not be confined to the ivory tower. There should be 
ample opportunity for young women to find through 
observation and service in the county and nearby 
cities points of relevance to the work of their inter- 
est. This may be in fields of social service, health 
care, schools, cultural centers, and community serv- 

ice. Perhaps students could be included on planning 
boards of the local community. 

"Sweet Briar should make its offerings available 
to students elsewhere: exchange programs, semi- 
nars, programs in creative arts. ... It might plan 
to invite the use of the campus for study sessions 
on world problems in which students and faculty 
from other institutions would take part. 

"With Sweet Briar's superb physical plant and 
with the arrangement of dormitories on two sides 
of the campus, a summer coeducational program 
might be initiated, having as its goal opportunities 
to see theories studied put into practice. This could 
be a day camp for deprived, handicapped, special 
students or just for Amherst County boys and girls. 
Counselors could be young men and women who 
would have practical experience in a field of their 
interest. Such a camp could offer creative art, 
drama, music, reading help, speech therapy for 

"There could be opportunities for adults: in art, 
music, writing, drama. A music camp like Inter- 
lochen, Michigan, might be practical. Such a crea- 
tive use of the campus year-round would have as 
a possible result a greater sense of vitality and 
purpose that might enhance the whole community 

• Jane Clark, '51 : "As more and more married 
women enter the working arena, it will become 
essential for colleges and universities to provide 
career counseling and to help students develop skills 
which will enable them to compete in the job- 
market. I would not for a moment suggest abandon- 
ment of liberal arts studies, for these provide an 
intellectual enrichment of lifelong value. Nonethe- 
less, intellectual enrichment alone may be a luxury 
that men and women of the future will not be able 
to afford. In fact, it may be that the traditional 
four-year program of higher education will not be 

"To overcome the physical isolation of the Col- 
lege, students perhaps could be required to spend 
two semesters off campus; they might participate 
in a two-semester work-study program in an urban 
area during which time they would concentrate on 
the serious sociological problems of the day. 

"Whatever direction the College takes in the 
future, it must seek innovative approaches to edu- 
cation. Every possibility to enlarge the students' 
range of experience — socially and intellectually — 
should be explored. Whatever the means chosen, I 
am convinced that Sweet Briar in 1990 must not be 
Sweet Briar of 1970 — not if it is to survive." 



oman i 

ollege in a */\m*an % ^world 

Marvin B. Perry, Jr. 

President of Goucher College 

nyone interested in higher education to- 
day, whether as student, teacher, advisor, or parent, 
has certainly been exposed to the mass of published 
material — much of it sheer propaganda — dealing 
with the so-called "advantages" of coeducation. Now 
coeducation is undoubtedly a fine thing for many, 
perhaps even most, young people. But I am con- 
vinced that it is not the best kind of educational 
experience for all young people. Certainly not so 
long as we recognize and encourage individual dif- 
ferences and are willing to insist that our educa- 
tional system, like our society generally, retain the 
pluralism which heretofore has been a significant 
part of its strength and flexibility. 

Like most fads and fashions in our mass-media 
shaped society, the current trend to coeducation at 
the college level has assumed many of the aspects 
of a parade, and it has become very difficult to resist 
the urge to jump on the bandwagon. One thing I am 
sure of : if all of our single-sex colleges do eventu- 
ally jump on, American higher education will be 
the poorer. 

Separate (or single-sex) education, like coeduca- 
tion, is also a good thing — for those who know its 
advantages as well as its limitations, choose it on 
that basis, and make the most of it. But I would 
insist that there is no single form of education, 
whether separate or coeducational, which is best for 
all students everywhere. 

It is ironic that, despite our current high-sounding 
platitudes about individuality, diversity, and doing 
one's own thing, the real pressures today, whether 
we are over or under thirty, are for conformity, 
sameness, and staying in line. These pressures are 
nowhere more evident than in our educational insti- 
tutions, and the bandwagon trend toward universal 
coeducation is a case in point. 

It would seem self-evident that the educational 
needs and aims of our young people differ signifi- 
cantly, and properly so, for a number of reasons, 
and they cannot therefore be realized in the same 
ways. To consider only one aspect of the matter, 
are not the educational needs of young women today 
different from those of young men? More speci- 
fically, do not the motivations, aspirations, objec- 
tives and life styles of women differ from those of 
men? Whatever the reasons, and some are certainly 
more valid than others, the answer is plain. To be 
sure, there are still age-old discriminations which 
should be eliminated, but there are many other 
differences which will and should continue until 
some very fundamental changes occur in our society. 

What are some of these different motivations, 
aspirations, objectives and life styles? One is the 
fact that women mature earlier than men do, men- 
tally as well as physically. Should there not be 
educational situations where this difference in ma- 
turation is recognized and reflected in the educa- 
tional program? 

A second fact is that women are less vocationally 
oriented today than men and will almost certainly 
remain so in the near future despite changes which 
the current resurgence of the women's liberation 
movement will undoubtedly bring about. Young 
women are thus in a better position to plan and 
enjoy the kind of college education which will be 
a truly liberating experience, relatively free of the 
vocational bias which seems to be an inevitable 
necessity in male-dominated education, whether in 
men's colleges or in coeducational institutions. 

Why should women seek a "liberating" educa- 
tional experience? What is the "good" of the "use" 
of it? There are at least two immediate answers to 
such questions. From a personal or selfish stand- 
point, most intelligent and sensitive women will find 
that such an educational experience is the most 


President of Gaucher College, Marvin B. Perry, Jr., is shown here ivith his ivife, Ellen Gilliam Perry, a Sweet Briar alumna 
of the Class of 19U5, and their daughters : Margaret and Elizabeth, who is a student at Siveet Briar in the Class of 1973. 

absorbing and satisfying. From a less selfish view- 
point, such an education stresses the ethical and 
moral qualities which, in my judgment, are the 
most desperate need of modern society. Historically, 
women have exerted a strong moral force in society, 
and today they are in a stronger position than ever 
before to bring this moral force to bear in our 
troubled world. For let us make no mistake about 
it : our central dilemma today is a moral one. We 
must find the courage and the will to make the basic 
moral decisions which alone will enable us to under- 
take effectively the material reforms so necessary 
for our survival. 

Third, despite changing mores and work habits, 
most women will continue to spend more of their 
active adult lives with children and other women 
than with men. As housewives and mothers, or as 
unmarried workers, they will also spend much time 
alone. Their formal educational experience, there- 
fore, should give them the motivation and the tech- 
niques for remaining mentally alive and growing 
through continued informal study and reading. 

Four, women have special needs in "a man's 
world" to discover their identity and to realize 
themselves as fully as possible. All too often the 
"coed" situation leaves women as second-class 

citizens in the college society. They are usually 
relegated to secondary leadership opportunities in 
extra-curricular areas, and they are apt to be 
dominated even in the classroom by the more ag- 
gressive male who regards with suspicion, and later 
avoids, the young woman who appears "too smart." 
These old attitudes of male dominance, reflecting 
ancient courtship ritual, may be foolish and wrong ; 
but they exist and they affect a woman's educational 

I have tried to suggest briefly some of the dif- 
ference in women's situations and needs which 
should be factors in shaping an educational experi- 
ence of greatest value and satisfaction to modern 
women. It is this kind of educational experience 
which a woman's college can offer: indeed, must 
offer if it is to justify its continued existence. This 
is not to say that many young women cannot find 
such an experience in a coeducational situation. But 
as long as individual differences remain, I am 
equally certain that many other young women will 
discover themselves more readily and will develop 
more fully in a woman's college which has con- 
sciously designed its programs to give young women 
the preparation they need, as individuals and as 
first-class citizens, for lives of social concern and 
service and of personal satisfaction. 



Lmfljn Gmiivine 0m* 


Our seniors of '70 — now alumnae — heard the Reverend Alexander Robertson, 
Chaplain at Sweet Briar, deliver an Invocation at Commencement 1970. We ask all 
alumnae to listen to Mr. Robertson, and then to listen, with care and understanding, 
to the graduating seniors whose voices we hear in this picture-essay. 

Mr. Robertson said to all of us, parents, alumnae, faculty and students, 

"0 God, who hast created us with a sense of curiosity and dissatisfaction — so that 
as we attain one goal we discover others beckoning us to loftier and nobler heights — 
strengthen in us this divine discontent .... We ask thy special blessing upon the mem- 
bers of this graduating class. We praise thee for their zest and radiance and for the 
untamed hopes with which the young continually refresh the earth. Help them to know 
that customs grown too old stagnate and decay. Use in our time their undimmed eyes 
to uncover the faults of this world and their buoyant spirits to correct them and so 
accomplish thy will. 

"Enlist for the benefit of mankind their unbroken strength; channel their un- 
tamed enthusiasm into moral courage; deepen their youthful spirit of daring with 
maturity of mind and launch them into venturesome endeavors ; bring them from youth 
to age undishonored and unashamed, and grant that they may transmit to their children 
a better world than ours . . . ." 

Kathryn Barnes 

Kathryn Barnes, '70, Highlands, N. C. (French) 

The election of students to Boards of Trustees is one of 
the major controversies on college campuses today. I concede 
that students are not familiar with, nor should be held 
responsible for the financial and legal decisions of a college. 
However, if a college exists for the education of its students, 
how can a bank president in California or a chairman of a 
Board of some company in Texas pinpoint the real problems 
of a campus which he visits only a few times a year when 
the college has on its Sunday-best? 

The majority of students, not just the radicals, under- 
standably feel that they have certain ideas that would better 
their college. If, as members of the Board of Trustees, they 
cannot be really heard (not just thanked and sent off with 
a pat on the head), then some body should be created that 
would give them a receptive audience. 

I recommend a committee of elected student leaders which 
would meet regularly to submit to the College certain recom- 
mendations in any area that interests them. For example, 
if this committee recommended that a certain professor be 
dismissed, I feel that the College be obligated to present good 
reasons why it would retain this professor. 

I submit this recommendation because I found no way to 
present some changes I had in mind for Sweet Briar. As 
anyone at the College knows, my views are not revolutionary; 
but after spending four years at Sweet Briar learning how 
to think, no one wanted to listen to what I had been thinking 
about. Why? 


Ann Tedards, '70, Honolulu, Hawaii. (Music) 

The poet Karl Shapiro (who states that students today 
resort to mass violence because they are incapable of express- 
ing themselves in any other manner) has a totally unrealistic 
perspective on today's college student. 

Students, I believe, have discovered that although the 
academic, theoretical analysis of a problem is imperative, 
this alone will not provide the solution. Thoughts from the 
"land of academia" are worthless if they remain filed some- 
where as "coherent, ai'tieulate papers." Students today actu- 
ally feel and realize the imminence of danger in America. 
To most students, time is of extreme essence. And they have 
found that demonstrations, marches and moratoriums have 
so far been the most effective media for communication. 

People are listening to students and professors and college 
presidents, where before, the academic world functioned as 
a superfluous department in the corporation — irrelevant to 
the problems of real life. 

Students today are reading and they are learning. But, 
they refuse to stop with learning how life should be — the 
inconsistency between what should be and what really is — 
is becoming unbearable. There are some who believe that 
compromise is impossible. They retreat to their own Utopia 
and try to start again from the beginning. Others — and this 
is the majority we are talking about — do believe that some- 
thing can be done, but they are not going to wait for someone 
else to do the job. 

Regarding mass violence, all I can say is that the majority 
of students, like the majority of human beings, abhor violence 
in every form. There will always be the minority, the ones 
who hit the newspapers, who make violence a profession. 

It is unfair to state, as Shapiro states, that the so-called 
inarticulateness of students is the cause for violence in 
America today. Shapiro says that "Students today don't want 
to read ; they want to 'experience.' They don't want to learn ; 
they want to teach." 

My reply is that students do not wish to dichotomize 
reading and experiencing, or learning and teaching. All these 
things are manifestations of one thing: education. In teach- 
ing, one learns. 

Ann Tedards, Manson Memorial Scholar 


Kathryn Harris 

Kathryn Harris, '70, Jacksonville, Fla. (History) 

The small, homogeneous nature of the student body is at 
once Sweet Briar's greatest strength and weakness. This 
factor facilitates a rapport with the faculty; discussion 
among the students yet limits a broader comprehension of 
the many economic and ethnic groups in America today. 
Too often there is little discussion about contemporary or 
social problems because few of our classmates challenge the 
views and values we bring from our similar homes. 

In the past four years we have seen exciting changes — 
symposiums, Black students, and community projects — that 
help the Sweet Briar student become more sensitive to the 
sometimes-unhappy workings of our society. 

I believe Sweet Briar's response to the "student strike" 
in May shows how much the community has matured. For 
years we have clamored for individual responsibility, and 
at last we had to exercise that privilege in a way that seemed 
more meaningful than simple regulation of social rules and 
dress code. 

Alumnae and parents should be proud of the fact that 
the "strike" at SBC took the form of independent research, 
two weeks of seminars, an exciting exchange of informed 
faculty speakers from other Virginia colleges, and a some- 
times painful but long-overdue dialogue with fellow students 
and members of the Amherst-Lynchburg community. . . . 
I think our experiences in May were of great value. I was 
glad to be mistaken about our perennial apathy and sur- 
prised and happy about the activity on and off campus, as 
we ruefully learned how hard it is to make a system work. 
If Sweet Briar continues with this conscientious response 
to contemporary problems and takes greater advantage of 
new exchange programs with other colleges, there is certainly 
an exciting role for our woman's college! 


President Class of 1970, Virginia Eldridge 

Ann Gately 

Virginia Eldridge, '70, Rydal, Pa. (English) 

Triviality and the inability to mesh reality and idealism 
pose major problems for Sweet Briar. Triviality, in that pet- 
tiness compounded by obstinacy, has caused a critical block- 
age of communication on all sides. Small things become 
monumental, the important is obscured. This frustration has 
begun to be expressed by the process of confrontation, an 
unfortunate precedent once established. 

Confrontation precludes reason and perspective, without 
which harmonious living is impossible to achieve . . . This 
matter of perspective leads me to the need for reality and 
reason with accompanying respect for the merits of all sides. 

Our idealism is one of our greatest contributions — we 
refresh and revitalize. However, many of our schemes reach 
their perfection in abstraction; practical concerns and the 
realities of human nature are often overlooked in our zeal 
to find the simple solution to the complex problem. 

Our petitions should not be brushed aside with the cynical 
laugh of the knowing. If at times specious, they are not 
totally devoid of validity. Lurking beneath our plans are 
workable ideas that need to be infused with practicality. 
Many potentially operative ideas are ignored or not even 
recognized by too hasty a dismissal. 

Cooperation and collaboration that is born of sincere 
mutual respect will benefit many. Sweet Briar has the 
potential for such collaboration. . . . We must grasp at 
reason and perspective while they are still within reach. 
These are the tools of cooperation and education without 
which no college, nor any other entity, can beneficially 

Ann Gately, '70, Dallas, Texas. (Biology) 

Students should have access to every level of their college's 
decision-making. Whether their opinion is articulated by a 
student or recent graduate is a technicality. The important 
issue is that students should have a voice in matters that 
affect an important aspect of their lives: their education. 

I feel it important that students' voices be considered in 
any and every aspect of the College's policy-making. After 
all, college policies vitally affect students' education and 
thereby, their lives. The concern and interest of the students 
in all areas of Sweet Briar is a valuable and sometimes rare 
asset that should be encouraged, not suppressed or dismissed. 

Does a student have the time, maturity and experience 
to deal with the business of the Board of Trustees? The 
matter is an individual one. Age per sc has nothing to do 
with the above qualities. I have observed certain persons, 
during my four years at Sweet Briar, who did a masterful 
job of balancing an incredible amount of extracurricular 
activities and their academic responsibilities, excelling in 

Should a student Board member have voting power? Defi- 
nately, Yes. If a true step is taken in incorporating student 
opinion in the College's policy-making, a non-voting restric- 
tion would be a half-hearted gesture: a type of patronage, 
an obvious token step. By being truly included in the Board's 
decision-making, the students would feel more responsible — 
instead of just feeling merely humored and placated. Besides, 
would the addition of one vote really thwart any major 


Alison King, Phi Beta Kappa 

Alison King, '70, Chappaqua, N. Y. (French) 

During my years at Sweet Briar I witnessed the slow and 
difficult death of the Sweet Briar Image, which has based 
itself on a complex and far-reaching code of social conduct 
and was, therefore, fundamentally illigitimate and frankly 
embarrassing as long as we were calling Sweet Briar an 
institution of higher learning. 

The regulations as they existed at the start of my college 
career touched upon nearly all the facets of the average 
Sweet Briar girl's life, and many students found them to be 
more inflexible and, arbitrary than those they had known at 
home. Sweet Briar has been successful in making itself a 
facsimile of the comfortable way of life of the typical upper 
middle class student; and so, the freshmen, eager for some 
earthshaking and different way of life found little that was 
startling, thought-provoking or exciting at Sweet Briar. 

The new independence and freedom we all expected to find 
at college just plain did not exist at Sweet Briar. Instead 
of offering boundless opportunities for individual growth, 
the Handbook was predicated on the idea that there was a 
limited level of maturity which, in the eyes of the College, 
the girls were without exception incapable of surpassing. 

Within this established framework, conformity was the 
watchword and from the Administration's view, tranquility, 
even complacency, was the aim. 

Because each Sweet Briar student is an intelligent individ- 
ual who understands the basic values to the American tradi- 
tion — independence, individualism, heterogeneity, and freedom 
— she believes that our system of education can no longer 
neglect these principles. Someone once said, "A year at 
Sweet Briar is a radicalizing experience"; it is precisely 
this inconsistency of values that promoted the spirit of 
rebellion at SBC. One can hardly rebuke the students for that. 

Although we had been led to believe that critical, analytical 
thinking is the essence of higher education, we were con- 

fronted with an attitude antithetical to this idea. When we 
voiced the need for change, we were expected to give up 
quietly, with the intransigent reply, Love it or Leave it. 
Several students were told that they did not "fit in" at Sweet 
Briar, and on several occasions I was told that "Sweet Briar 
doesn't need people like you." My reply was, and is: Yes, it 

In view of the College's professed aim — educating the 
individual student — the College must be willing to accept, 
to seek diversity. We must expose the student to all sorts 
of ideas and people because education and life rely on a 
continuous state of compelling choice. . . . We can no longer 
protect the students from ideas; she ivill no longer be pro- 
tected because of her idealism, a precious and perishable 
commodity, and because freedom is the first word in the 
phrase, "liberal arts education." 

We can no longer try to maintain Sweet Briar as an isle 
of tranquility, for disruption is the hallmark of the edu- 
cational process. If an idea, a book, or person disturbs us, 
we are thinking, and that is our purpose. It is the duty of 
the College to welcome dissent and discussion, and to stamp 
out the fear of being wrong, and more importantly, the fear 
of being undecided. It is in this way that students learn to 
cope with changing circumstances. . . . 

The old Sweet Briar Image no longer has any foundation. 
We are faced with the task of building a new image: we 
must make our College a first-rate progressive academic 
institution. . . . We at Sweet Briar have a lot of catching-up, 
it is true. However, I believe that Sweet Briar is endowed 
with inestimable potential, and with an eye toward the future 
and with the firm understanding that the students are our 
major concern and that education is our aim, I believe and 
am confident that our College can become one of the finest 
in the nation. 


Loring Harris, '70, Richmond, Va. (History of Art) 

My junior year was one "big down," when I was dissatis- 
fied with Sweet Briar. But after a summer trial at a chosen 
university, I gladly returned to SBC for a wonderful, 
wonderful senior year. The most significant thing I learned 
about what I value and about what Sweet Briar has to offer 
is the importance of real friends. 

It sounds corny, I know, but I found that after living with 
people for three years I really had something going for me 
that couldn't be found in a new college in one year. Even 
though Amherst hasn't the cultural advantages of Boston, 
those advantages aren't all that fantastic when you are alone. 
So I chose to be with my friends and 600 familiar faces in 
an isolated community for senior year, with the loneliness 
and yet excitement of that active "outside" world to look 
forward to the rest of my life. 

One of the most valuable things I did at Sweet Briar was 
to work with the Challenge Program in Amherst County. I 
hope the Program will grow and sincerely be encouraged by 
the College, as I feel that any girl who had any part of 
the Program gained immeasurably as a highly valid exten- 
sion of her 'formal education.' It helped me in ways no book 
ever could. 

I am convinced that what should and could be Sweet 
Briar's two greatest strengths have instead become her 
greatest weaknesses: her size and location. These are two 
factors about which people complain most when they should 
be applauding them. Sweet Briar is waking up, slowly 
as is to be expected, and students are becoming alert. 

Even now, some weeks out of Sweet Briar, I miss the 
companionship that is forced on people in dormitories. I'm 
convinced that it is better to be both busy and bored ivitk 
people and at the same time to be able to have privacy and 
time to yourself. Sweet Briar's close sense of community 
and its wide acreage can offer both. I'm thankful I realized 
this before I was graduated, as I guess some classmates 
might not understand this until their rockingchair days. 

Loring Harris 


Baird Hunter, '70, Norfolk, Va. (French) 

I believe that students can participate on the Board of 
Trustees if they do just that: participate. This means taking 
part in all discussions and votes. What they may lack in 
experience on similar bodies or in comparable positions is 
compensated for by their interest — sincere and deep — in the 
College. The question, "Are students able to give the neces- 
sary time ... to the committee work of a Board of Trustees?" 
I cannot see how a president of U. S. Steel or American 
Motors or Pan-Am Airlines or any of the other typical 
members of a Board of Trustees could have any more free 
time to think about and act upon important college matters 
than a student or recent graduate. . . . The established and 
older members of the Board need not fear the students' 
abilities and desires. 

I chose Sweet Briar for academic, social, and some geo- 
graphical reasons. And Sweet Briar combined the size of a 
college and the quality of academics I wanted. I would 
probably make the same decision again today because there 
are many distinct advantages to an all-girls' college. One of 
the most important is the fact that all offices are filled by 
girls. Though this may sound like the Woman's Liberation, 
the Sweet Briar student knows that she has a good chance 
of winning an office or honor without competition from the 
opposite sex. 

The rules-changes of the past year or two have turned out 
to be mature and realistic decisions. The majority of stu- 
dents, in all classes, have shown that they are ready and 
willing to accept additional responsibilities. I think that the 
proposed ruling that the only requirements for freshmen 
be of an academic nature is perhaps the best way to put the 
focus, the emphasis on the proper place. 

I would like to see examined and modified today the course 
of study required for the degree, that is, the distribution 
requirements. ... I would like to see further change that 
would allow greater and deeper concentration in one's major 
field. And why couldn't Sweet Briar offer the B.S. as well? 

Higher education is an individual proposition. Each student 
should have some idea of what she wants to do or be for the 
better part of her adult life. I know only too well that this 
is not always the case, because I for one had no real idea 
of what I wanted to do. In this case, perhaps a liberal arts 
education is best. But if the girl knows what she wants in 
the way of a profession or career, then perhaps the most 
solid and specialized preparation possible is her best choice. 

I have combined the two. I received the four years of 
liberal arts education that I wanted, and I am now receiving 
the professional training I need for a career. Like most 
women college graduates of recent years, I am faced with the 
necessity of earning a living either for myself or of making 
money to add to the salary of a young husband. Higher 
education must be coordinated with the individual student 
and with her needs and abilities. 

Baird Hunter, Phi Beta Kappa 






Ann Jacobs Pakradooni, 'U3 

Prologue: Fashion is in ceaseless pursuit of things that are about to look familiar and in uneasy flight from 
things that have just become a bore. 

"Oh, no! You've got to be kidding!" 

Drawing by Modell; © 1970 
The New Yorker Magazine. Inc. 


nee upon a time there was no such thing 
as a Hemline Crisis. This was because there were no 
hemlines, since in the beginning there were no 
clothes. Everyone dressed in the same hemline-less 
fashion, by Mother Nature. Naked bodies were in 
order ; only at certain times, such as the local Spring 
Fertility Festival, did the cave resident don a few 
feathers and beads and/or slap on some blue paint — 
for ritualistic and status purposes. 

Why then are we faced with such an earth- 
shattering problem as today's debate over whether 
or not Le Mini Est Fini? 

It all came about with the introduction of The 
Shifting Erogenous Zone Principle* This is prob- 
ably how it happened. One day, Jane Cavedweller 
was feeling a little restless and more than bored 

with being just another cavewife, forever having to 
look after the homes fires. She took a good long look 
around, scratched her head, and started to think. 
"We all look so much alike— what can I do to liven 
things up a bit?" Just then her eye caught sight of 
some animal skins, drying out in the yard. "Maybe, 
I can attract some attention by draping these on 
my body!" 

It worked. Instant envy on the part of the wives 
and extra little attentions from their husbands. It 
wasn't long before everyone was in skins and once 
again — uniformity and boredom set in. So Jane had 
to do some more searching of soul. "What would 
happen if I started to shift some skins around and 
remove others?" As a result of this revolutionary 
piece of thinking we have been saddled ever since 
with the endless search for body-coverings for the 
primary purpose of self expression.* 

With the compelling need to keep clothes in con- 
stant rotation over different areas of the body — 
history has been kept in incessant turmoil — each 
"new fashion" brought its reaction and sometimes 
strict laws against it. Our Hemline Crisis of today 
is pale by comparison. Perhaps the outstanding 
reason our "crisis" has made such headline news 
today is the fact that it is the "in" thing to rebel 
against anything and everything, with the result 
that women and men alike have rushed to climb on 
this bandwagon of protest. 

To show how insignificant our present furor 
really is when held to the light of past fashion- 
reactions, here are a few historical highlights: 

From earliest Christian times to the Middle Ages 
women were compelled by religious law to be cov- 
ered literally from head to toe in the plainest of 
wrappings. No one rebelled except the Hetaerae. 

1 Shifting Erogenous Zone Principle: Fashion is a series of permutations 
of seven Riven themes — breasts, waist, hips, buttocks, lesrs, arms, lencth. 

Self expression or sex, is the first and foremost reason clothes came 
about. Protection is secondary in importance. 


-And 1970 

Sweet Briar fashion — 1919 


With the Middle Ages and the dawn of the Renais- 
sance came the first real reaction — against prudery. 
Clothes became magnificent symbols of opulence. 
The first "fashion reporter" came into being, a 
Venetian traveller by the name of Marco Polo, who 
introduced to Europe the rich silks, brocades and 
damasks of the East. Immediate reaction ! Both 
French and English kings issued strict laws regu- 
lating the number of dresses and value of material 
for each different class of society. 

During the 15th century there was no penalty for 
bosoms, which were very much the "in" thing (or 
out!), but trains-on-dresses were denounced. One 
Bishop declared, "If women needed a tail, God would 
have provided them with one." And long pointed 
toes on shoes were forbidden by law to the com- 
moners — nobility, 24"; gentlemen, 12"; and com- 
moners, a paltry 6". 

Decolletage was knocked out for the next 100 
years by the creation of the reactionary neck ruff. 

The 17th century uncovered chests once again. 
Indeed, Louis XIV got his kicks by requiring ladies 
of the Court to attend Mass in extremely low-cut 
gowns "as a mark of respect to him and The Deity." 
All those wearing high necks were forced to leave 
the Church. The Buxom Look had taken over to such 
an extent that women inserted "cheek plumpers" 
to make their faces appear fatter. 

People soon became tired and rebelled against 
the healthy look in fashion. Byronism became their 
cause and fetish. All the ladies tried to emulate the 
look of their new-found hero, Lord Byron, with his 

cadaverous features and death-like pallor. It was 
fashionable to drink vinegar to lose weight, to go 
without sleep to achieve dark circles, and to wear 
yellow make-up to appear jaundiced. Many sacri- 
ficed their health and in some cases their lives, in 
the name of Fashion. 

Over the next three centuries, body themes con- 
tinued to come and go in approximately the follow- 
ing sequence: (1) Upper arms and shoulders had to 
be covered at all times — -breasts still in evidence. 
(2) Breasts hidden — legs suggested under filmy 
skirts. (3) Entire body completely covered — legs 
now unmentionable! (4) A tiny V-neck 3" deep 
introduced — preachers denounce it as immoral and 
doctors predict pneumonia as a direct result. (5) 
The posterior featured with the advent of the bustle. 
(6) Ankles exposed — much controversy. (7) Knees 
uncovered for the first time in history of civilized 
costume. Street arrests made. (8) Legs considered 
boring, so backs are featured — exposed to the waist. 
Many outcries of protest over both covering the legs 
and revealing the back. And so it goes. . . . By the 
time this article is being read, the Hemline Crisis 
of today will have moved into the past tense. Though 
women and men have been voicing loud protests, 


subconsciously they are already thinking along the 
new ways of fashion. 

Women will wear what is fashion. The only way 
to resist fashion, after all, is by being unfashion- 
able! (Ed. note: Mark Twain said as much in 1867: 
"No woman can look as well out of the fashion as 
in it.") 

It should not be too hard to adopt or adapt today's 
"look" because for the first time ever, we have been 
liberated to pick and wear any and all fashions 
from all periods of history. All waists are accept- 
able — high, middle, low, and none at all. Bosoms 
can be exposed completely or entirely covered. All 
lengths are shown — maxi, midi, splits to the thigh, 
and the mini — though for some of us it is an act of 
mercy that we no longer have to expose to the world 
our fat thighs and bottoms ! We no longer have to 
look as though we were all stamped from the same 
cookie cutter. The mature ones of us can stop trying 
to look like teenagers with "older lady" faces, and 
can, instead, concentrate on the look of womanly 

Last but not least, those of us who opt for no 
hemlines at all may do so — and many have already 
done so. . . . For them, as in the beginning, there 
are no clothes. Naked bodies are in order and only 
at certain times, such as the local WOODSTOCK 
FESTIVAL, do they don a few feathers and beads 
and/or slap on some blue paint for ritualistic 
purposes. . . . 

Right: Mrs. Dikran Pakradooni 
Original Design by Ann Pakradooni 

Ann Jacobs Pakradooni, '43, reports the Main Line Magazine 
this summer in Bryn Mawr, Pa., "is positive proof that not 
all fashion news is made in New York or Paris, but right 
here in our own area, where she has become internationally- 
known" as a fashion designer. Ann's clientele today includes 
the fashion editor of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 
Hollywood's Mrs. McDonald Carey, the head of the Phila- 
delphia Fashion Group, and Barbara Eisenhower, wife of the 
U. S. Ambassador to Belgium. For Mrs. Eisenhower's so- 
journ to Brussels, Ann Pakradooni designed a wardrobe 
using the brocades, silks and Saris presented her client when 
she accompanied the late President Eisenhower on his Good 
Will tour of 11 countries, 1959. Ann's fashion business began 
in 1958, and by 1966 she had opened the purple door of her 
Haverford Joie de Vivre boutique. Besides this home-based 
business, Ann's work has included costume-design for the 
Canadian Pulp & Paper Pavilion at Montreal's Expo '69, 
the Burlington Mills Industries, and Talon, Inc. The Phila- 
delphia Evening Bulletin describes Ann, "a striking brunette 
who has added a designing career to her already busy life as 
wife and mother in Bryn Mawr." 


^\l)at is, imfood X^eacljingl 

Sarah Thorpe Ramage 


o someone who has never taught, it doubtless 
seems a simple matter for a person who has been 
actively engaged in the profession for over a quar- 
ter of a century to answer the question, "What is 
good teaching?" I am therefore hoping that the 
editors didn't know what they were doing to me 
when they proposed this little topic. It is as impos- 
sible as trying to define patriotism. Or love. Or 
poetry. My one consolation is that each of my 
readers will have a different answer! 

First off, I think that, strictly speaking, "good" 
teaching is a redundant phrase. Any teaching — that 
is, any means that enables the student to make the 
material his own and to do his own thinking — is 
"good" teaching, for although the goal remains con- 
stant, the methods vary — or should vary — from class 
to class and even (ideally) from student to student. 
Hence a small college such as Sweet Briar — where 
classes are so small that the instructors can be 
expected to fill out personnel rating sheets for each 
student that they have taught — may provide the 
instructor with the opportunity for such custom- 
made, individualized teaching. 

On the other hand, some students respond better 
to large impersonal classes conducted not through 
the give-and-take of discussion but through well- 
organized formal lectures. One of the advantages of 
Sweet Briar is that it has classes of both types. 
So far, however, there is no means of determining 
what type of class a new student here should enter 
for the kind of teaching from which she would bene- 
fit most. No doubt in the near future the computer 
will decide! 

From the standpoint of the faculty member there 
are ways of knowing when he or she has taught well. 
And I do not mean a vague general aura or pleasant 
glow which can prove deceptive, but the conscious- 
ness of a good specific class on a specific day — even, 
perhaps, of only a specific student, or two or three 
of them who smile, or grin, as they walk out of the 

classroom. For, alas, the next class that files in, past 
them, may not be taught well at all, because the 
instructor is drained — or because the incoming class 
is not in the mood to learn. Ironically — and blessedly 
— on the following day, the discussion in the first 
class may hardly get off the ground, whereas the 
second class may suddenly discover that scansion of 
poetry is like a puzzle, and fun — and that varied 
interpretations of the poem can be based on different 
scannings of the lines, surely an important goal in 
"good" teaching. 

Again, when a student uses in my course some- 
thing that she has learned in another, I consider 
it likely that she has been well taught there. And 
if she uses something from a course of mine in 
some non-academic activity, I am correspondingly 
pleased. In one of my examination books recently 
I found an example of such a carry-over. Many of 
you are aware that Sweet Briar students, like those 
on campuses throughout the country, were pro- 
foundly distressed when our troops moved into 
Cambodia, and many students here took an active 
part in meetings, rallies, and discussion groups, 
from May 11 until the close of the academic year. 
One member of the class that I was teaching the 
second semester in English Literature of the Seven- 
teenth Century, who had been thoroughly involved 
in these proceedings, wrote at the end of her blue 
book : "I have learned to appreciate many more of 
the Seventeenth Century authors, especially your 
friend John Milton, to whom I have found myself 
returning frequently in the past two weeks." Milton 
himself, I am sure, would not be at all surprised 
to find that he is still "relevant" — Perish the cliche 
— in justifying the ways of God to men, but that 
student has learned that he is : "good" teaching for 
one student in one course — not much, but something. 

An interesting point is that often students who 
have been eager and bright-eyed in class never men- 
tion the course later, whereas a girl who has occu- 
pied a chair for two semesters without showing any 

obvious change in her thinking may suddenly, after 
several years, send a card or a clipping for the 
current History of the English Language class, 
referring to something which she herself had 
learned and which has now become a part of her. 
Obviously what is "taught" to a student is only a 
minute part of what she learns. Only if I have been 
the actual means of her learning do I consider that 
I have "taught" her something. I remember, for 
instance, an hour's hard, blow-by-blow conference 
on metrics with a freshman whose face, at the end 
of the period, suddenly lightened as she exclaimed 
joyfully, "You mean that it goes by the SENSE!" 
Now I taught her that! 

I had less success with a student once (not at 
Sweet Briar, fortunately!) to whom I had diligently 
tried to make the sonnet form intelligible. The defi- 
nition that returned to me on a quiz was (verbatim, 
for I recall it only too well) : "A sonnet is a poem 
of 14 lines composed of two octaves and a quadrant." 
That was not good teaching! 

One generally recognized phenomenon, I think, 
is that intensive preparation for a particular lesson 
or block or assignments unfortunately does not 
automatically insure good teaching. The desire to 
use as much of the information as possible may 
really have a deadening effect on the students. And 
then, several assignments later, there may come a 
chance to include to good advantage some of the 
material that had earlier been abandoned because 
it had turned to dust and ashes. And then a quick- 
ening breath blows over it and the teaching is good, 
because it is not only well informed but spontaneous. 

In the end, good teaching is like poetry, which 
Carl Sandburg defined as "the achievement of the 
synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits." But he really 
should have included stars as well, for they are 
there — as they are in teaching, too, stars of every 
magnitude shining brightly away at the instructor 
with their intermittent but cheerful and encouraging 

Sarah Thorpe Ramage of "Windy Mead" 

"Windy Mead" — how it rings of 17th and 18th century 
England, and thus, how characteristic and appropriate that 
Windy Mead be the name of the home on Elijah Road 
where two of Sweet Briar's beloved professors of 17th and 
18th century English literature have lived and worked for 
many years for Sweet Briar: the late Dr. Ethel Ramage and 
her sister, Dr. Sarah Thorpe Ramage, who lives there today 
and continues to make Windy Mead a haven of hospitality 
for students, friends, faculty and alumnae. 

Dr. Sarah Ramage ended her teaching career at Sweet 
Briar in 1970, at the close of the academic year. Although 
her actual retirement comes in 1971, she has been granted 
a sabbatical year for travel and study. 

Having taught at Sweet Briar for intermittent periods 
since 1936, Miss Ramage was appointed Assistant professor 

of English at Sweet Briar in 1952, and in 1961 she was 
appointed Professor of English at the College. She is a 
graduate of Newcomb College, where she was elected to Phi 
Beta Kappa. She took her Master's degree at Bryn Mawr 
and her Ph.D. at Yale. She also studied at Oxford University, 
the University of Wisconsin, and again at Yale several years 
after she had earned her doctorate. During the Second War 
she taught at the University of Connecticut. 

At Sweet Briar, Miss Ramage was a charter member of 
the Phi Beta Kappa chapter as well as a member of several 
committees, among them the Book Shop, Chapel, and Instruc- 
tion. She also served as advisor to the Sweet Briar Ncivs 
and as co-editor of the College catalog. As a member of the 
Sweet Briar branch of the AAUW, Dr. Ramage has been 
closely associated with the growth and administration of its 
Negro scholarship fund, which has given financial assistance 
to Amherst County students. Both Miss Sarah and Miss 
Ethel Ramage were sponsors of the class of 1956. 

A scholar with special interest and concentration in 
Chaucer and 17th century English literature, Sarah Ramage 
taught these courses at Sweet Briar and several others 
besides: History of the English Language, English Litera- 
ture of the Renaissance, freshman English, and seminars on 
Topical Studies in English and American Literature. 

Sarah Ramage ends this essay on Good Teaching with a 
phrase, ". . . he should have included stars as well." Students 
who have studied in her classes can say the very same thing: 
Sweet Briar's faculty includes "stars as well, for they are 
there," and she is one of them. 


Ethel Merman as Dolly in David S. Merrick's Broadway production, "Hello, 
Dolly!" sings: "I mean, what do you stand for if you don't stand for the 
laws in this great land? I know what I stand for: I stand for Motherhood, 
America, and a hot lunch for orphans. Take off your hat, sir, Betsy Ross's 
flag is passiyig . . . Glory Glory Hallelujah!" 

Lm*f/c <sKole of tlje ^^ollctjc - mmmclucntcd ^ woman in tije 11* s 
<J-s m/TflotljeTljood a full-time C^ccupntionl 

olly's high-stepping style and her thoughts 
on Betsy's flag and Motherhood reflect, with some 
degree of truth, a buoyancy of spirit and a way of 
thinking characteristic of a prosperous, upper mid- 
dle class society in early 20th century America when 
the mood of the times was generally one of con- 
fidence and optimism. The middle class in 1901 
regarded its customs as sacred, enduring and suc- 

The sunny paintings by Maurice Pendergast — the 
elegantly dressed ladies with parasols strolling the 
beaches (seaside outings had become an established 
custom by early 1900), and the romantic Alfred 
Stieglitz photographs of women and their large 
families contentedly sitting in wicker chairs on their 
Victorian porches- — these paintings and photographs 
suggest that women in this comfortable class of 
society viewed motherhood and domesticity as their 
Role. For them, times were good and the temper, 

To be sure, at the other end of the social and 
economic scale during this era were the 76 million 
American poor, depicted in George Bellows' paint- 
ings of slum life in the cities. According to Robert 
Hunter's Poverty (1904), 10 million Americans 
were so poor that survival itself was their chief 
role. Women-pressers in garment factories worked 
for 8^ an hour; male cutters, for 25^ an hour. Some 
1.5 million U. S. workers were under age 16 and 
"they toiled up to 13 hours a day for a pittance." 

The roles of American women in the late 19th 
and early 20th centuries were several, to put it in 
simplest terms : survival for the very very poor ; 
domesticity for the comfortable middle class; and 
unlimited luxury and spending by the handful of 
the very rich (the Rockefellers, Harrimans, the 
Morgans, etc., who wielded immense power in days 
before the income tax and anti-trust laws) . 

There was yet another role being taken at this 
time, indeed before this time, by certain American 


women who were not contented to enjoy motherhood 
and domesticity from their Victorian porches or who 
did not have to work in factories to live. These 
certain women were our Feminists, and their cause 
was "feminism," described by the Columbia Ency- 
clopedia as "the movement for the political, social, 
and educational equality of women with men . . . 
It had its roots in the humanism of the 18th century 
and in the Industrial Revolution. . . . Women had 
been regarded as inferior to men physically and 
intellectually; their minds were assumed to be unfit 
for much learning. Both law and theology had 
ordered their subjection. Women could not in their 
own names possess property, engage in business, or 
control the disposal of their children or even of 
their own persons. ... In America, although Abigail 
Adams and Mercy Otis Warren had asked Washing- 
ton and Jefferson to include woman's emancipation 
in the Constitution, the feminist movement really 
dates from 1848, when Elizabeth C. Stanton and 
Lucretia Mott in a woman's convention at Seneca 
Fall, N. Y., issued a declaration of independence for 
women, demanding full legal equality, full educa- 
tional and commercial opportunity, equal compensa- 
tion and the right to collect wages, and the right to 

One hundred and twenty-two years after the 
Seneca Falls declaration, who can say that all 
demands have been met and/or accepted? As Presi- 
dent Pannell says later on in this essay, "Social pat- 
terns change slowly and only as new thinking makes 

the change acceptable." It takes new thinking, it 
takes time, and it takes forthright action by deter- 
mined women who believe in something to bring 
about change. For example : — Forty years before 
passage of the 19th amendment in 1920, we had 
Belva Lockwood zipping through Washington on 
her tricycle as an example of feminist hardihood. 
An ambitious Suffragette, Mrs. Lockwood (1830- 
1917) was the first woman to be admitted to practice 
before the Supreme Court and the first woman to 
appear on a Presidential ballot, twice nominated by 
the Nat'l. Equal Rights Party. She called for "do- 
mestic insurrection" to win the vote. 

— We had women in the WCTU who in 1874 paraded 
in the streets of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati to battle 
the "evils of alcohol." 

— We had the Joan of Arc of Labor, Elizabeth Gur- 
ley Flynn, leading the striking textile workers in 
Massachusetts in 1912, demanding better working 

— We had Dr. Alice Paul, a militant Suffragette, 
who burned President Wilson in effigy and led picket 
lines and was arrested in the cause of women's vote. 

— We had Jane Addams of Hull House leading Suf- 
fragette parades. 

— We had crusader Margaret Sanger, a nurse in 
New York's tenement districts, who saw the anguish 
among families who raised too many children on 
too little income. Agitating for birth control, she 
was indicted in 1915 for sending information 

— And by any means 

Women have carried the torch 
for many Causes — 


Margaret Mead 

through the mails, and in 1916 was arrested and 
jailed for conducting a birth control clinic in 

—We had Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947), who 
organized the League of Women Voters after ratifi- 
cation of the 19th amendment, for the education of 
women in politics. 

— And after women had won the vote, we had Sig- 
mund Freud asking in 1933, "What does woman 
want? Dear God! What does she want?" 

It is clear enough that one thing women have 
wanted since 1792 when Mary Wollstonecraft wrote 
the first great feminist document, Vindication of 
the Rights of Women, until August of 1970, when 
the House of Representatives ended 47 years of 
legislative foot-dragging by approving a proposed 
Constitutional amendment to give women legal 
rights equal to those of men: equality of rights 
under the law — that is one of the things women 
have wanted. And it took a woman, Rep. Martha W. 
Griffiths of Michigan, to end those 47 years of legis- 

What women have wanted and want today may 
be expressed perhaps in four words, as one writer 
has said, "Set my sisters free" — an age-old refrain 
that means, Let me choose my own role and in that 
role let me have equal economic, legal, educational, 
social, and political rights. 

Can it be truthfully said today that women do 
share these five rights equally with men? No, 
answers the Woman's Liberation and many others 
as well, and that is why the new feminist movement 
of the 70's is working toward several goals, among 
them: equal pay, job, and educational opportunities 
for women; community provision for child-care 
facilities; abortion law repeal (the right of abor- 
tion choice to each woman) ; abolishment of sex 
discrimination at every level, with an equitable 
representation of women in political office and in 
management and professional roles ; a real sharing 
of home management between man and wife, i.e., 
replacing motherhood with parenthood, which means 
that both parents share household management and 
the intellectual stimulus of work outside the home. 

Women's role in society is changing as more and 
more women, seeking a role beyond the home and 
seeking a bigger role in the nation's economy, are 
moving into the job market. In 1920, 23% of Amer- 
ican women were working outside the home ; today, 
almost 43% are employed. "Only 20 years ago," 
reports an Ohio newspaper writer, "half the women 
over 25 had not gone to high school; yet it is pre- 
dicted that in another 30 years, one-half of all 
women will have attended college for one or more 
years. From this a picture emerges of the woman of 
the future — highly educated with one or two chil- 

dren, working at a trade or business or profession 
that gives her satisfaction and salary equal to her 
male counterpart." 

In late 1969 Margaret Mead said, "The greatest 
changes in women's lives are slated to come as a 
consequence of a medical revolution that has set 
women free from long years devoted to reproduction 
... a revolution is going on that will permit women 
to choose professions rather than that of home- 
maker. What is most needed is for women to take 
an organized and large-scale responsibility in plan- 
ning the living conditions that shape their lives — 
the design of houses and apartments, transporta- 
tion, the location and quality of schools and services 
— that would simplify repetitive, meaningless rou- 
tines and economize on resources of land, energy, 
and human beings. This would also give each 
women more time to develop a style of life in which 
human relationships, long the perogative of women, 
are given more of a chance." 

A headline in the US Neivs & World Report, Aug. 
24, 1970, reads: "Equal rights for Women? Things 
may never be the same." Indeed not, if the proposed 
Constitutional amendment is passed by the Senate 
and then ratified by 38 states. "Things may never 
be the same" if the thinking of today's feminists 
becomes reality. Reporting at a meeting in Syracuse, 
N. Y., where 300 feminists convened this past 
spring, a National Observer writer said, "What the 
feminists are demanding amounts to a social revo- 
lution in America. They want to restructure the 
nation's family, religious, educational, political, pro- 
fessional and economic frameworks. They say that 
all these institutions discriminate against women. 
To feminists, all women are second-class citizens 
and most are little more than scullery maids, albeit 
with station wagons and Tonis." 

Feminism, with us since Mary Wollstonecraft in 
1792, had a renascence in the 1960's when Betty 
Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique (1963) and 
organized NOW (1966), in the belief that many 
American women, especially the well-educated, are 
troubled by what she called "the problem that has 
no name." Writing in Daedulus in 1964, Alice S. 
Rossi, Assoc, professor of sociology at Goucher Col- 
lege today, said, "Sooner or later — and I think it 
should be sooner — women will have to face the ques- 
tion of who they are besides their children's 
mother." Both Mrs. Rossi and Mrs. Friedan wrote 
that American women have been taught that mother- 
hood and homemaking are the enriching, full-time 
responsibilities, and that this belief in full-time 
motherhood has left many women dissatisfied and 
restless. A young woman at the Syracuse feminist 
meeting expressed such a feeling: "When I had my 
children I was out for two weeks. Giving birth was 
a little different from having a tooth pulled, but I 

don't think it's anything that ought to fulfill you 
for the rest of your life." (She is a Ph.D. and Assoc, 
professor of mathematics at Syracuse Univ.) The 
head of NOW in Syracuse commented that "nothing 
is sadder than the educated woman who could have 
a career but chooses to be a housewife and nothing 
else." (She is a practicing lawyer.) 

The fact is, according to the Saturday Review, 
1969, we have "some two and-a-half million college- 
educated women in the country whose knowledge 
and skills are underused or underutilized. Many of 
them have no pressing financial need to work, and 
their primary commitment is to the welfare of their 
families. Therefore, although they are aware of 
both the practical and emotional rewards that would 
come from using their talents more fully, they are 
unwilling, or unable, to assume the responsibility 
of a conventional eight-hour day, five-day-a-week 
job. Meanwhile, society is denied the benefits that 
would accrue from more effective utilization of this 
large pool of skilled manpower in areas where short- 
ages now exist." 

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Our question then for the college-educated women 
in the decade of the 70's is, in essence, How can 
women successfully combine marriage, children, and 
career if, indeed, society is to benefit from unused 
talents and skills? Some say it can't be done; others 
say it can ; others say it must be done for the benefit 
of society and for the benefit of women themselves 
and their families. Let's address ourselves to these 
three views, working under the title, "Is Motherhood 
a full-time occupation?" 

Absolutely no, declares a champion of woman's 
rights, Alice Rossi of Goucher College. 

Absolutely yes, writes a woman of 75, mother of 
four college-educated daughters. 

"Yes and no," states Sweet Briar's President 
Anne Pannell. "I answer it this way because I don't 
believe there is a Yes or No to that question. The 
answer depends on the individual woman's back- 
ground, her education, environment, and her motiva- 
tions. A mature woman can combine marriage, a 
family and household, and a career — if she has 
determination, good health, will power, and a sym- 
pathetic husband. While I believe women's greatest 
role in our society is in the homes as mothers, while 
I believe the nurture of the young and the care of 
the weak are still the greatest roles of women. 
I also strongly believe that we must find that 
relatively small group of women capable of ad- 
vanced, technical, graduate or professional training 
and heartily encourage them to go forward to great 

Great accomplishment in the male-dominated 
fields, in Mrs. Pannell's view, does not mean com- 


Anne Gary Pannell 

petition with men. Women are not to compete, but 
rather to complement. Sharing equally with men — 
in decision-making and responsibilities — in the pro- 
fessional and business worlds has been a formidable 
task for women from the days of Amelia Bloomer 
in the 19th century until today, when we continue 
to ask, "Is there hope for the able and promising 
girl? Or is there only evidence that all men are 
equal, but men still much more so? 

"I wish I could be encouraging to the hopeful 
professional woman, but I am all too conscious of 
the fact that the lack of women in top jobs in the 
United States is very discouraging. I am afraid it is 
all too clear that there still is discrimination against 
women, particularly at the decision-making level. 
We continue to find attitudes unchanged about ac- 
ceptable roles for women in a man's world." 

It is President Pannell's earnest hope that women 
will increasingly plan for professional careers in 
spite of present attitudes and obstacles. She says 
"the obstacles women have to get over particularly 
are three : ( 1 ) their own romantic image of them- 
selves vis-a-vis men; (2) the image that men have 
of the so-called 'place of women'; and (3) the prac- 
tical one of legal and economic equality. The last 
may be the easiest to conquer. Social patterns 
change slowly and only as new thinking makes the 
change acceptable." New thinking, she believes, 
means that women must have confidence in them- 
selves as they move in the new direction of full 
participation in professional life; that women trust 
each other; that women must "keep nudging the 

men to greater acceptance as an equal in administra- 
tion, business, medicine, and law." 

As the President of a college since 1950 and as 
a teacher and writer and the mother of two grown 
sons, Mrs. Pannell clearly sees the problems, pit- 
falls, and rewards of combining marriage, home, 
family, and career. Flexibility — that remarkable 
capability of being turned and twisted in many 
directions without breaking — is a must in the life 
of such a woman whose hand and heart and mind 
and energies have reached out in many directions 
over the years, and with solid success and achieve- 
ment and accomplishment. Her rewards, she be- 
lieves, have been "self-satisfaction, fulfillment, 
utilization of training and potential, and gratifica- 
tion from being able to contribute to society as well 
as to my own family." 

Exactly how does a woman, be she a college presi- 
dent or a 1970 Sweet Briar graduate, plan her life 
if she decides that for her, Motherhood is not to 
be a full-time occupation but certainly is to be a 
part of her life? The first step, to Mrs. Pannell's 
thinking, is that such a young woman must take 
the time and effort and have the discipline and will 
power to prepare herself for a career. Then she 
must face three basic challenges : entry, acceptance, 
and personal accommodation. 

"Entry into the training ground and then into the 
practicing profession can be a major hurdle. His- 
torically, women have found ready entry and accept- 
ance only in elementary and secondary education, 
nursing, the arts, secretarial and domestic work and 

"Once the woman has achieved entry (in fields 
other than the 'accepted' ones), she still encounters 
the problem of acceptance, both from colleagues and 
customers/clients. As one young banker explained, 
'The married career woman who aspires to become 
an officer may equal her counterpart in meeting 
day-to-day demands, but because of her household 
responsibilities, she cannot spend time on job- 
related outside reading. Thus, she cannot measure 
up to her male colleague.' One may question the 
validity of this presumption, but it is fairly widely 
held in certain circles," President Pannell states. 

And the third challenge : "Personal accommoda- 
tion challenges the married career woman. She must 
balance her time and efforts to satisfy the profes- 
sional demands on her while avoiding shortchanging 
her family. Balance in the woman's allocation of 
time and effort is the major pitfall of having a 
career and family. If the career begins or resumes 
while children are young, there can be an adverse 
effect on the children. Conversely, the demands of the 
household may detract from the woman's effective- 
ness in her career." 


If the mature young woman accepts and under- 
stands Mrs. Pannell's Three Challenges ; if the young 
woman comes to grip with the problems; "if she 
considers carefully how well she functions in a 
professional working capacity and under what 
handicaps ; if she questions whether and if her pro- 
fessional career is compatible with family respon- 
sibilities and how a satisfactory mother-substitute 
can be obtained, paid for, and retained during her 
career ; if she thinks long and hard on the long-term 
effects on her family relationship" — if she can 
answer these problems, she can successfully be a 
wife and mother and person of her own. "It is for 
the fulfillment of our entire common life," Mrs. 
Pannell believes, "that women must be given the 
means and freedom to make their own optimum 
contribution. The whole family of man will be hin- 
dered by anything less." 

At the moment, one honestly wonders how many 
of our able young women will indeed "go forward 
to great accomplishment" while fulfilling their role 
in the home. It will make a difference in our society 
and a much-needed one, Mrs. Pannell believes, and 
it can be done. The road is not lightly taken, the 
decision not easily made. It's rather like what 
Robert Frost has written, "Two roads diverged in 
a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And 
that has made all the difference." 

Out of her own life and experience, President 
Pannell asks that more and more capable young 
women take the road "less traveled by." 

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Out of her own life and experience, another 
woman, whose career has been Home and Family, 

A question of balance 

expresses her views on motherhood and/or career. 
While our letter-writer differs on this subject from 
President Pannell (and likely from many of our 
readers), she adds, "I believe that Mrs. Pannell 
will have the best solution for today's young 

To My dear Granddaughter, 

Yon are ten years old and you tell me you hope 
one day to go to Sweet Briar, and I hope you will. 
I am 75 and the mother of your mother, a Sweet 
Briar graduate. I have lived long enough, I believe, 
to understand an important role of the college- 
educated women. My views on this may differ con- 
siderably from the views of the present college 
generation, a generation of young persons who 
apparently want to build a "life-style" different 
from that of their parents. 

Well, let me tell you that the life-style of your 
parents and grandparents has been a good one, and 
I don't want you to dismiss it out-of-hand. When 
I was in college in 1914- (in a woman's college), we 
did not burn our bras and think about being "equal 
to men," ive wore our dresses to the ankle and we 
quite understood what our life-style was to be. 

All our dreams, so many years ago, were of vine- 
covered cottages, open fires, pink cuddly babies, and 
Mr. Right. We'd all been looking for Mr. Right for 
quite a while! We all felt sorry for the poor girl 
who might have to work, to teach — Oh, it was all 
right to teach the piano or to sing. That was con- 
sidered respectable then. Some of us thought "going 
on the stage" for a year or two would be exciting 
and glamorous — until, of course, we could be 

I remember a psychology professor, a Dr. Kerr, 
who told us that the object of education for a 
ivoman ivas that she benefit herself by serving 
others. No career that I can think of offers so many 
chances of serving others as the career of marriage, 
home, and children. You can't be a specialist either. 
You have to learn to cut yourself into many pieces 
— and keep learning forever. And after college you 
will have to become a psychologist, a nurse, an um- 
pire, a cook, a chauffeur, a teacher, a seamstress, 
a gardener, a mechanic, a hostess, a mistress, a 
decorator, a manager, an economist and an execu- 
tive. Isn't that enough challenge for any ivoman? 

The Woman's Liberation Front makes me 
ashamed to be a woman. How do you think Betty 
Friedan would hare survived the Apollo flight? 
How would a ivoman like to drive a 10-ton truck or 
be a steeple-jack? Women arc not "equals" of men. 
Few women in history outshine men, whether it be 
in truck-driving or in architecture, science, law, art, 
music, engineering or what have you. Silly women. 


not appreciating their own natural abilities and 
talents! Women's natural instinct and unique talent 
is The Home. Making a home and raising a family 
is hard work, and it cannot be done ivith one hand 
tied behind her back! Indeed, motherhood is a full- 
time occupation if it is to be accomplished with skill, 
intelligence, understanding and love. Since we are 
talking about the role of the college-educated woman, 
I want to say that it is this woman ivho is precisely 
needed in the home: it is she who has the skills and 
brains and intelligence to produce and educate the 
kind of young people this country needs. 

I believe that the working mother is to be blamed 
for many of our juvenile problems. Every magazine, 
every TV show is full of ideas on hoio to liberate 
the mother. Heavens! From what? The present-day 
ivoman has been liberated. Drudgery is gone; she 
can vote; she can work for important civic projects. 
Why now does she want to compete with men 1 ? What 
is so exciting about going to an office? I do not 
believe in working mothers. No institution can re- 
place a good home and mother. Putting three-year 
olds in a school is desertion. Why does a woman 
long to give up the protections, the security, the 
respect of a man? I am not talking about the woman 
ivith young children who must work to live; I am 
talking about the woman with young children who 
thinks she can be fulfilled only by getting out of the 
house and into the job-market as "equals" to men. 
It's the woman who wants the best part of a man's 
work who disturbs me, the woman who wants to 
compete for managerial jobs. 

I don't think women can really compete at all. 
They are just different. They are not so dependable 
as men, nor so tough. This is a man's world. 

Well, my granddaughter, in twelve years you will 
have been graduated from a fine college. I do hope 
that you will not yearn to be "new" or "liberated," 
but choose instead to follow your natural instincts 

A 1914 College View: 

"We understood what our life-style was to be." 

and become a happy, devoted, contented wife and 
mother; and that you will glory in the fact that yon 
are not a man's equal, but his indispensable partner. 
Let me tell you that my own 5U years of marriage 
has been its own reward, and that its compensation 
is rich and life-long. 

Your devoted (and truly liberated) 




Disagreeing with the views of our letter-writer 
is Alice S. Rossi, a scholar and writer, a professor 
of sociology and the mother of three children, a 
person who fits President Pannell's description of 
that able woman who combines home, family and 
career. Those of us who have read Mrs. Rossi's 
articles in the Atlantic, The Humanist, and Daedalus 
(The Journal of the American Academy of Arts & 
Sciences) find her views, research and several con- 
clusions on The Woman's Role to be indeed pertinent 
to our discussion of what our college-educated 
women want or seek to do with their lives in the 

Is it to be full-time motherhood, as it has been 
for so many years in America ? Or is it to be Mother- 
hood Plus, a goal many of us — whether we call our- 
selves Feminists or not — believe is coming and to 
a much greater extent than in recent years. And if 
Motherhood Plus be our goal, how will attainment 
of that goal affect our children and ourselves? And 
if we work toward that goal, as many women do 
today, what barriers or obstacles hinder us in our 
achieving high success in a role beyond The Home? 
There are many obstacles, as we note in President 
Pannell's commentary. 

First, however, let us see why full-time mother- 
hood has been accepted in America. Mrs. Rossi ex- 
plained it six years ago in Daedalus. The American 
woman, she said then, has come to believe in our 
"child-rearing experts" who tell her that her chil- 
dren need her continuous presence, supervision, and 
care, and that she should find complete personal 
fulfillment in this role. Wanting anything more — 
or less — than motherhood, according to our "ex- 
perts," indicates that women are emotionally dis- 
turbed. Women have been advised by our experts 
that women naturally are to be satisfied with their 
place in the home — and to ask for a place in the 
sun as well is unthinkable. 

As women today seek a place in the sun — and 
Betty Friedan is not the only one to seek this : here 
in this Magazine, for example, a Sweet Briar 
alumna of '51 says, "Jobs after college are a big 
thing now. A girl wants to be sure this is some- 
thing ... in her future after college" — as women 
today look beyond The Home, they of course con- 

es Mother wear a halo? 

Drawings by Peter Williams 

sider the effects on their children and themselves. 
Home-and-career provides beneficial effects, Mrs. 
Rossi believes. Although she wrote these words in 
1964 (Daedalus), her views deserve our attention 
in 1970: "How successful has the pattern of full- 
time motherhood been? Are women more satisfied 
with their lives in the mid-twentieth century than 
in the past? Does motherhood fulfill them, provide 
them with a sufficient canvas to occupy a lifetime? 
Are contemporary children living richer lives, de- 
veloping greater ego strength to carry them through 
a complex adulthood? Are children better off for 
having full-time mothers? 

"I think the answer to all those questions ... is 
a firm No. Educators, child psychologists and social 
analysts report an increasing tendency for American 
middle-class children to be lacking in initiative, 
excessively dependent on others for direction and 
decision. ... No society has so widespread a prob- 
lem of juvenile delinquency and adolescent rebellion 
as the United States," and Mrs. Rossi believes one 
cause of this has been the American woman's dom- 
inance in marriage and parenthood. "The child's 
struggle for autonomy and independence, for privacy 
and the right to worry things through for himself 
are subtly and pervasively reduced by the omni- 
present mother. 

"If it is true that the adult is what the child was, 
and if we wish adults to be assertive, independent, 
responsible people, then they should be reared in a 
way which prevents excessive dependence on a 
parent. They should be cared for by a number of 

adults in their childhood, and their parents should 
truly encourage their independence and responsibil- 
ity during the youthful years. . . . The best way to 
encourage such independence and responsibility in 
the child is for the mother to be a living model of 
these qualities herself. 

"If she had an independent life of her own, she 
would find her stage of life interesting, and there- 
fore be less likely to live for and through her 
children. By maintaining such an independent life, 
the American mother might finally provide her 
children with something she can seldom give them 
when she is at home — a healthy dose of inattention, 
and a chance for adolescence to be a period of fruit- 
ful immaturity and growth. Middle-class children 
are observed and analysed by their mothers as 
though they were hothouse plants psychologically. 
If a woman's adult efforts are concentrated exclu- 
sively on her children, she is likely more to stifle 
than broaden her children's perspective and prep- 
aration for adult life. Any stress of failure in a 
child becomes a failure of herself, and she is there- 
fore less likely to truly help her child precisely when 
the child most needs support." 

Alice Rossi believes that if women develop a life 
of their own, outside the family, then "we might 
find a reduction in extreme adolescent rebellion, 
immature early marriages, and maternal domination 
of children." 

If the career of a woman will benefit her children, 
how will it benefit the woman herself? Our writer 
answers, "Women who have successfully combined 
child-rearing and careers are considered out of the 
ordinary, although many men with heavier work 
responsibilities who yet spend willing loving hours 
as fathers, and who also contribute to home main- 
tenance, are cause for little comment. We should 
be wary of the assumption that home and work 
combinations are necessarily difficult. . . . This does 
not mean we should overlook the real difficulties. 
Working mothers do have primary responsibility 
for the hundreds of details involved in home main- 
tenance, as planners and managers . . . No one 
could suggest that child-rearing and a career are 
easy to combine, or even that this is one royal road 
to greater happiness, but only that the combination 
would give innumerable intelligent and creative 
women a degree of satisfaction and fulfillment that 
they cannot obtain in any other way." 

A major problem for women who choose mother- 
hood-and-career is that of child-care provision. Mrs. 
Rossi sees the solution to this in the establishment 
of professionally-managed child-care centers. Agree- 
ing with today's feminists who state the need for 
child-care facilities, Mrs. Rossi says in 1970 that 
"child socialization is not purely the business of 


parents but the responsibility of a community for 
its young. Feminists do not believe child-care cen- 
ters are dumping grounds for children ; they believe 
children of a young age would benefit from exposure 
to other children and to stimulating activities with 
their age peers, at the same time releasing women 
to work on whatever they can contribute to the 

If more and more college-educated women in the 
70's are going to seek roles outside the home, and 
if they are to achieve high success in those roles, 
it will take more than an establishment of child- 
care centers, and it will take more than passage 
and ratification of the proposed 26th Amendment. 
It will take first, and foremost, a change in attitude, 
a change in thinking by both men and women. Only 
this summer a senior editor of the National Observer 
declared that 18th-century attitudes toward women 
persist today, and in this context he quoted Lord 
Chesterfield, who wrote, "Women are only children 
of a larger growth ... A man of sense only trifles 
with them, plays with them . . . but he neither 
consults them about, nor trusts them, with serious 

It is difficult to believe that such thinking (do we 
call it prejudice?) persists, even in small degree. 
And in all fairness, we insist that such prejudice 
does not exist in all situations by any means. Yet 
we need only read the documented evidence of such 
thinking, presented by Mrs. Rossi in the March 1970 
Atlantic, to realize that century-old attitudes toward 
women do remain today; and that such attitudes 
perhaps be the real reason why women "are in a 
confusing situation" (to quote Sweet Briar's Assoc, 
professor of Philosophy, Mrs. Wentworth) ; and 
that such age-old attitudes perhaps be the genuine 
reason why women today find it difficult to choose 
their own roles beyond The Home and then be able 
to excel in their chosen roles. 

The following illustrations we quote in part from 
Mrs. Rossi's Atlantic essay (we quote with her 
permission) indicate the difficulties encountered by 
our college-educated women today: 

— A woman who worked one year in an architectural 
firm wrote, "I never wanted to teach grade school 
children, which I am doing now. But I found so much 
resentment and prejudice against me . . . where the 
men refused to take me seriously, that I couldn't take 
it. I left and switched to teaching art. . . ." 

— A woman, after years in business, returned to a uni- 
versity to work toward a doctorate : "My first day in 
graduate school I was greeted with the comment of an 
economics professor: 'Women have no place in eco- 
nomics.' He refused to mark the papers of the women 
students. . . ." 

— A woman interested in college-administration: "I had 
the experience of seeing a job I had filled for two 
years upgraded when it was filled by a man, at double 
the salary I was paid for the same work. College 
trained women are lumped with the secretarial and 
clerical staff, while college trained men are seen as 
potential executives. A few years of this and every- 
body is behaving according to what is expected of 
them, not what they are capable of." 

There it is, that last phrase, that underlies all our 
discussion on The Woman's Role : "Everybody is 
behaving according to what is expected of them, not 
what they are capable of." Through all the cen- 
turies, women's place in society has been The Home 
and Children ; that is what has been expected of 
them, and that will continue to be expected of them. 
And yet — there is a movement astir in the land today 
that may change our "expectations" about women. 
The phrase, "capability of women in roles outside 
the home," may one day be taken seriously if indeed 
the determined college-educated women in the 70's 
are seeking a role other than that of full-time 
motherhood. Women's role is changing, slowly ; and 
perhaps in this century we shall hear women echo- 
ing Dolly Levi's buoyant words, Glory, Glory 

— C. F. B. 

Seniors carrying loafers to walk up Monument Hill on Founders' Day 

Our seniors in the 50's. Twenty 
years away from Sweet Briar 
and "out in the wide wide world," 
how do they answer our question: 
The Role of the College-educated 
Woman in the Seventies? 


Class Notes 


Class Secretary 

Elizabeth Lowman Hall (Mrs. Asaph B.), Apt. 
C4, 715 Watkins Rd., Horseheads, N. Y. 14845 
Fund Agent 

Miss Margaret McVey, 2512 Monument Ave., 
Richmond, Va. 23220 

My note* to classmates in late July brought 
the following news: 

Cornelia Carroll Gardner is still in her 
country home in Va. Like many others she is 
having trouble finding competent help to keep 
lawn and garden as she'd like them. Her hus- 
band, Kinloch, has not been well lately. 

Margaret McVey, our fund agent, reported 
that 1918 raised over one thousand dollars 
and won the award that the Angels offered. 
She wrote of Vivien ne's death, which was 
reported in the recent magazine. Mag also 
says she is used to being crippled and is 
getting a great deal of fun out of life. She 
is set for the fifty-fifth reunion. 

Cilia Guggenheimer Nusbaum had a lovely 
trip to Sweet Briar for a reunion, "a sheer 
delight." Jane Pratt Betts has been travelling 
from coast to coast in their travel trailer see- 
ing America. Last October they celebrated 
their golden wedding, then to Florida for 
winter and part of summer in N. C. mountains. 
Mary Reed replied from the White Mts. of 
N. H. where she summers; she'd had tea with 
Gertrude Massie '22. 

Elanette Sollitt Stapely and husband spent 
an interesting winter In Arizona, but are more 
selective about activities as they no longer 
tear around. Summers in Springfield, Ohio, are 
quiet. Both are having eye trouble. 

Charlotte More Meloney spends some of the 
summer at the Fletcher Farm Craft School in 
Ludlow, Vt., and does interesting work. She 
also "grandmothered" her teen-age grand- 
daughters in Washington, D. C. for 3 weeks. 

Elizabeth Doremus Knipher had just return- 
ed from a visit to her daughter in Memphis. 
She says no news, for she lives a humdrum 
but satisfactory life doing part-time work for 
church In winter and visits Cape Cod in sum- 
mer. What's bad about that! 

As for myself, I had a slight stroke in Feb. 
I am now able to do most of the things I was 
doing but with less vigor. All my friends say 
I look wonderful, for which I am thankful. We 
enjoy our country life. My husband indulges 
his green thumb and has flowers blooming 
around the building containing our apartment. 
I hope to start some volunteer work again in 
the fall. 

One of the members of our class in the early 
days, Dorothy Harrison, I see nearly every 
summer. She comes north from her Palm Beach 
home to stay at Lake Mokonk Mt. house. We 
try to be together either here or in N. J. be- 
fore she leaves. Dot has several grandnieces 
and nephews to keep her in touch with the 
Now generation. 



Ruth Abell Bear (Mrs. Burnett) Pleasant Valley, 

Pa. 18948 

Fund Agent 

Marietta Darsie, 63 LeMoyne Ave., Washing- 
ton, Pa. 15301 

A mini S.B. reunion took place in Walling- 
ford, Vermont last fall when Mildred Gribble 
Seller and Ruth Will Beckh and husbands 
visited Katherine Van Cleve Van Wyck and 
husband, George. 

Anne Barrett Allaire and her husband cele- 
brated their 40th anniversary in Dec. 1968, 
and sadly he died 4 months later. 

Margaret Posey Bru baker retired Mar. 1st, 
Her son Henry just earned his Ph.D. in Politi- 
cal Science from Syracuse University. Son 
Peter is safely home from Viet Nam with the 
Air Force. Peg is looking forward to travel 
and time to enjoy her grandchildren. 

Jane Riddle Thornton and husband Barbour 
are leading a quiet life since his retirement 
in 1968. Many of their interests revolve around 
their 2 S.B. daughters, their husbands and 5 

Virginia Mack Senter and her husband are 
still in charge of the Senter School, a "free 
enterprise" institution, Chattanooga's oldest 
private school, having been organized in 1892. 

Eleanor Reehl Birchall was widowed in 
1 963. She is recovering from a 3rd cancer 
operation and working for the Cancer Fund. 
She has 2 sons and a foster daughter. 

Peg Reinhold Mitchell spends her holidays 
on trips and on one of them she and Betty 
Moore Rusk drove to Dallas, Pa. to visit Eliza- 
beth Cobb Sutherland and Marjorie Shepherd. 

And Mary Bristol Graham writes that Marj 
retired last year from the American Red Cross 
in Washington, D. C. and that Marj and her 
sister travelled to Australia. Mary added that 
one of the Graham's daughters lives in Fred- 
erick, Md., and has 3 children. The other 
daughter {Judy, S.B. 1958) lives in Martins- 
burg, W. Va., where her husband is an Epis- 
copal Rector. They have 4 children. On a visit 
to them, Mary saw Margaret Laidley Smith 
who goes to their Church. 

A letter from Mary Gladys Brown Moore 
said that her husband Jack retired several 
years ago and last fall they moved to Marcos 
Island, Fla. They love it, live right on the golf 
course and have their own golf cart. Last 
winter they were in Honolulu for 2 months 
and saw Lib Rountree Kellerman quite a lot 
and found that she is still as lovely as ever, 
keeping busy with the Republican Committee. 

Helen Mutschler Becker and her husband 
Markel had a miserable year of illness. They 
have 10 grandchildren and 2 great grand- 
children. Their 2 daughters live in Fla., but son 
Mark Jr. and family live in Thomson, Ga. 

Lois Peterson Wilson travelled a lot last 
year. First a trip to Morocco and all the old 
Imperial cities; Marrakesh and Fez; then to 
the Canary Islands, Madeira and south Portu- 
gal. Last June she went to a Wilson-Peterson 
family reunion in Fla. Then on to 5 New Eng- 
land states visiting friends there. In the fall 
she spent 2 weeks in Italy and a week in 
Sicily, criss-crossing Italy from Lake Como to 
Sorrento and Anacapri. 

Betty Moore Rusk and husband Stan were 
in San Antonio, Tex., to spend Christmas and 
welcome their 6th grandchild. 

It is always sad to hear of deaths in our 
class and this issue we send sympathy from 
us all to the families of Ruth Weitzenkorn 
Marcy and Page Dunlap Dee. 


Class Secretary 

Adelaide Wampler Kundahl {Mrs. George G.), 
6801 Meadow Lane, Chevy Chase, Md. 20015 
Fund Agents 

Gwen Olcott Writer (Mrs. George S., Jr.), 21 
Fifth Ave., Nyack, N. Y. 10960 
Betsy Williams Gilmore (Mrs. Kirk), 114 Ben- 
nington Rd., Charlottesville, Va. 22901 


Florence Lodge McCall to Gail Moulton, 
April 26, 1970. 

The 40th reunion of our class last June was 
great — wish you all could have been with us. 
And to think I hadn't planned on going until 
my roommate, Jam's Seele Gammon, tele- 
phoned and said she would come all the way 
from Taos, New Mexico, if 1 would go to SB 
with her. Of course we went, driving down 
from Washington and enjoying being together 
after eleven years. 

Twenty- three members of our class attend- 
ed: 21 of us were assigned to the fourth floor 
of Meta Glass Dorm, which fortunately for us 
"oldies" has an elevator. The other two, Betty 
Orr Miller and Eleanor Williams Sloan, were 


accompanied by their husbands and were 
housed in Reid. We even had one class 
daughter with us part of the time, for Eliza- 
beth Saunders Ramsey drove from Memphis 
with Susan, who teaches PE in Jr. High. Eliza- 
beth is a social worker for the Tenn. Dept. of 
Public Welfare. 

Sweet Briar is as beautiful as ever and the 
new buildings add so much. Our class picnic 
was held at Miss Rogers' home (Redtop) on 
Elijah Rd. where we sat on the porch over- 
looking a meadow of horses with the blue 
mountains in the background. We also had 
two thought-provoking panel discussions and 
a concert given by Iren Marik. At the alumnae 
luncheon the Class of '30 was filled with pride 
when our own Gladys Wester Horton was 
presented the Alumnae Award by President 
Pannell for her outstanding service to the Col- 
lege in a volunteer capacity. Wish you could 
have heard the wonderful tribute! 

Now for a few tidbits about the gals who 
attended. Our outgoing president Gwen Olcott 
Writer says she is a "typical suburban house- 
wife" putting on mother-daughter dinners at 
church, working on rummage sales for the 
hospital and because of her interest in politics, 
holding down the position of Committee- 
woman for over 30 years. 

Jean Saunders is our new president. She 
has been in the field of education since our 
college days. Now she teaches remedial read- 
ing three days a week and is a volunteer 
curator at N. Y. Putnam County's Historical 
Society museum. 

Caroline Maury was able to leave her 93- 
year old mother and be with us. She happily 
retired in June after 37 years of teaching 
elementary school. Mary Moss Sutliff's hus- 
band is a retired Navy captain. They live in 
Falls Church, Va., and have 9 grandchildren. 
Agnes Sproul Bush, who lives on a farm in 
Va., has 3 children and one grandchild. Gratia 
Geer Howe paints in oil and is busy with 
church work. She enclosed a picture with her 
little granddaughter "hopefully SB in 1980." 

Jarvis Seele Gammon is interested in the 
early history of New Mexico, archeology and 
travel. She attends the SB club meetings in 
Denver where her daughter, Sally (SB '54) 
lives. Another member who journied from way 
lives. Another member who journeyed from 
way out west was Frances Cottman La very, 
who lives in Casper, Wyo. She is a business 
woman and owns a store. She and Jarvis plan 
to get together. Jo Abernethy Turrentine is a 
revenue officer for the U. S. Treasury Dept., 
one of the few women to hold this office. 
Carolyn Martindale Blouin's son Craig gradu- 
ated from Lafayette College and is now work- 
ing his way around the U. S. "to see what 
this country is all about." 

To make it all coplete, our sister class 
sent us a telegram: "Greetings to '30 from 
'28 on your 40th. Wish we could be with you. 
Best wishes."— signed Betty Prescott Balch 
(Jr. class president). 

Betsy Williams Gilmore invited the class to 
have lunch after we left SB at her home in 
Charlottesville and I'm sure everyone had a 
lovely time. Unfortunately Jarvis, Elizabeth 
Saunders and I had to drive straight back to 
Washington where Elizabeth would visit her 
parents and Jarvis visit us. 

Some of our classmates were unable to join 
us for happy reasons. Eunice Watters Cool- 
baUgh's daughter, Sara, was married June 4 
to Marshall Wayne, a pilot with Pan-Am, 
presently stationed in Germany. Others who 
had family weddings were Kathryn Graham 
Seiter and Betty McCrady Martin. 

Two who were enjoying trips to the Orient 
were Lucy Shirley Otis and Sims Massee Rand. 

Nancy Pickett Bost was busy teaching 4th 
grade. Boyce Lokey Martin's husband has 
written a book for Lockheed about the Star- 
lifter and is now doing work on the life of 
Ralph McGill. One member who is staying 
young is Liz Stevenson Tate, who raises Welsh 
ponies, teaches riding and for 3 months has 
a horse show once a week. 

There are so many more delightful things 
to write about and they are all contained in 
the questionnaires Gwen sent out before re- 
union. She has pasted them and many 
wonderful photos in a scrapbook which will 
be kept in the Alumnae Office. On your next 
visit to SB do drop in and see it. One thing 
that I found of interest — most of our class said 
that if they were entering college now they 
would select SB; but less than hafl would 
choose the same major. 

Do write me for our winter letter and may 
it all be good news! 

fall's Magazine or drop me a post card in 
between. Since Reunion 1969 Cecil is the only 
one I've seen. If you read the Magazine as 
avidly as I do you will see what a tremendous 
job Jackie Bond Wood is doing. She even has 
time to answer letters from parents and Alum- 
nae upset with things like changes and stu- 
dent requests. 


Class Secretary 

Marion Gwaltney Hall (Mrs. Francis K.), 1471 
Peyton Place, Macon, Ga. 31201 
Fund Agent 

Emily Marsh Nichols (Mrs. Emily J.), 4501 
Connecticut Ave., N. W., Apt. 1119, Washing- 
ton, D. C. 20008 

We extend our deep sympathy to the family 
of Mary Nelson Becker (Mrs. E. H.) of Logans- 
port, Ind. 1 have only recently learned of her 
death this year. 

Only two wrote on the Fund Flap: Uarda 
Garrett Coley, "Have been doing some teach- 
ing (English and French), High School level, in 
my spare time; getting my youngest daughter 
off to Stephens College this fall. My older 
daughter Rosamond Sample Brown (SBC '64) 
will be with me next winter when her hus- 
band goes to Vietnam. He is a Lt. Col. in the 
Air Force." From Eleanor Alcott Bromley: "I 
am back in our home, working busily at my 
job in Child Welfare and keeping occupied 
with the things that need doing." 

Most of the following news came from Cecil 
Birdsey Fuessle who is in Macon with Ray for 
a few days following a family gathering at 
Jekyll Island. The family included her brother 
and sister with every one of the children and 
grandchildren at some part of the time. Ray 
has retired as Chaplain from Lehigh University. 
At Fernandina Beach, Fla., they saw Bettina 
Silver Callaway who has recently received a 
degree in Library Science from FSU at Talla- 

Helen Bean Emery's husband retired from 
Bethlehem Steel Co. this year. The Emerys have 
spent the last few months at Stonington, Conn. 

Lib Scheuer Maxwell and Chuck had a late 
spring trip on a cruise through the West 
Indies, going through the Panama Canal and 
visiting at several ports on the West coast of 
South America. 

The Atlanta Alumnae Club has invited all 
prospective students for this year, present stu- 
dents and their mothers for a luncheon on 
Sept. 10. I am hoping to see some from the 
class of '34 or at least in the range of '31-'37. 
Our daughter, Cleveland, will be a Junior this 
year. She was confined to the Infirmary with 
mono last spring during the "Happening" or 
the "Twelve Days in May" much to her great 

Please send in news of you and your fami- 
lies on the Fund Flaps for the Notes for next 

Class Secretary 

Lucy Taliaferro Nickerson (Mrs. Charley C), 80 

Battin Rd., Fair Haven, N. J. 07701 

To get our sad news over first — I must an- 
nounce with regret the death of our ever- 
popular Virginia Eady Williams of Louisville. 

On the happier side— early this summer I 
had a surprise note from Harriet Daniel Herd 
in Texas saying that, like me, she was going 
to Davidson to see her son graduate. We im- 
mediately put plans into action for a re- 
introduction by our sons and a get-together 
of families. And we did have a real Sweet 
Briar reunion. Dolly Nicholson Tate had the 
whole group of us out to the lovely home she 
and Jack are renting there in Davidson. And 
it really was a group! Harriet had ten in her 
party; we were five; Rilma Wilson Wadsworth 
and George came out from Charlotte; so, in 
addition to us four old-grads of '38, we ended 
up with Dolly's daughter, Caroline Noojin, as 
an alumna; Dan Herd's fiancee from Atlanta 
as a new graduate; and a senior at the col- 
lege, the fiancee of Bruce Wolfe at Davidson, 
a Briar Patcher at every level. It made for a 
very gay party when we added husbands and 
brothers and sisters. 

Harriet and I hadn't seen each other since 
college days. Actually, she says Texas is so 
far off the track that she has only seen 
Barbara ("Fergie") Hill when she had been 
out for a son's wedding and Marge Thaden 
Davis of Gainesville, Texas, somewhere along 
the way. I haven't seen anyone else this sum- 
mer either, although I did get a card from 
"M. J." Miller full of their breathless doings: 
a son married, a trip to Hawaii, a daughter 
teaching riding for the summer, and a trip to 
Maine in the offering. I also had a note from 
Lucy Robb Winston Works enclosing a clipping 
about a Taliaferro home in Washington copy- 
ing the restored one in Williamsburg (must be 
some relative wayback) and another enclos- 
ing the lovely picture and write-up of the mar- 
riage of "Macky" Fuller Kellogg's son David 
this spring. Further news from Macky says 
that, having graduated from Harvard Business 
School, he and his bride will be living in 
Hong Kong; that her, Steve is, a Senior at 
Harvard, her Peter is a Senior at Andover, 
and that her Anne has two boys and a girl 
whom they all adore. "Robby" went on to say 
that Mabby (Mary Alice) Berckmans Smith's 
daughter was finishing at Pine Manor Junior 
College, so they hoped to re-une in Boston 

1 have also had a card from "Cobbie" 
Hulse from Key West. She has a son who 
recently finished Virginia; a daughter who 
was working in the Radcliffe library while 
her husband was getting his Masters in Law 
at Harvard, then to practice in Birmingham. 
She, too, had seen "Fergie" when she and her 
husband were fishing from their ketch in the 
Bahamas last winter. And my last news comes 
from Nancy Old Mercer. She has a daughter 
Anne Mercer Kornegay living in New Orleans 
and teaching at Louise McGhee School; a 


daughter Marilyn who had obtained her teach- 
ing certificate from Ole Miss in June; Blair Jr. 
at the University of Texas; and Edward still 
in High School. 

Our family pattern runs much the same: 
Clark working to fill in the time 'til next May 
when he reports as a 2nd Lt. to Ft. Benning; 
Paul going back to Dickinson as a Junior; Ann 
going back as a Junior in High School, full 
of activities from Drill Team to Gymnastics; 
Mom and Dad puttering along. Our most ex- 
citing news was a surprise trip to Bermuda, 
given me a little ahead to celebrate our 25th 
in November — which I'm sure we'll make after 
that pre-reward. Please keep sending me cards 
and notes of your going s-on, and I will send 
out another newsletter after Christmas if you 


Class Secretary 

Ann Hauslein Potterfield (Mrs. Thomas), 4611 

Virginia Ave., Charleston, W. Va. 25304 

Fund Agent 

Alice Sweeny Weed (Mrs. George), 2245 Del- 
aware, St. Paul, Minn 55118 

This was an eventful year for us, and three 
other '42ers. Our Kathy was graduated from 
SBC, with our whole contingent in attendance 
except married daughter Ann, plus grand- 
parents — thirteen in all. Fall will find Kath in 
graduate school at Columbia in Physical Ther- 
apy. Stuart Camblos was proudly congratu- 
lated by mother, Ruth Hensley Camblos, and 
dad, Josh. Ruth looked as great as ever. Their 
older son is in the service and younger 
daughter was with them. Since that time Josh 
has lost his father and we extend our sym- 
pathy to him. 

Kim Mutler-Thym, daughter of Grace Bugg 
Muller-Thym, was class of '70. Grace and their 
son were in attendance, and Wallis Wick ham, 
daughter of Peggy Gearing Wickham, also 
donned cap and gown to receive a SBC di- 
ploma. Need I tell any of you of the continu- 
ing, almost overwhelming beauty of our col- 

Polly Peyton Turner and family reside in 
Wayne, a suburb of Philadelphia while Anne, 
youngest daughter, attends The Baldwin 

Ski anyone? Betty Duffield Fajans would 
like all classmates to meet at their ski lodge 
(it's a business). Their son is at State Univer- 
sity of New York at Cobleskill. Their daughter 
Wendy made all New England Chorus and 
between them they captured four state riding 
championships. Another gal in ski country is 
Si Walke Rogers, who is Activities Director at 
a state school for retarded children in Edens- 
burg, Pa. 

A warm and wonderful letter from Toppin 
Wheat C rowel I — to my liking as she and all 
her family are tennis bugs, and excellent ones 
at that. Toppin has gotten her R.N.; Leslie is 
off to Skidmore; Alice is at St. Anne's; while 
Toppin and her husband "do our quiet per- 
sonal bit toward good race relations." 

Far from the blue hills, Mary Alice Bennett 
Baumberger lives in Geneva; and Rut Jacquot 
Tempest's husband is stationed in Seoul, 
Korea. Tempest's oldest son graduated from 
Berkley and is Army bound; youngest boy is 
in Navy ROTC at U. of N. C. Rut and their 
daughter, Karat Cat, are living in Sacramento. 
Most of the chatter involves the doings of 
offspring. Such is true of Peggy Cunningham 
Allen, reporting that Robbie is engaged to a 

Hollins gal and their daughter has three 
youngsters, while their younger son is still in 
high school. 

Frannie Meek Temple had her own portrait 
exhibition in Lauderdale and since then has 
been painting up a storm. When not painting, 
she has seen Eugie Burnett Affel and Mimi 
Galloway. Our artist has two children — Randy 
at UVa and Rumsey, a wife and mother. 

The variety, length and scope of this news- 
letter depends as much on you as on yours 
truly. Please drop a line to me or to the 
College (use your Fund Flaps!) We await your 
chatter with bated breath for each of us 
wants to hear about every other member of 
the Class of '42. Cherish what you have of 
Sweet Briar in you — there is little of it left 
anywhere else in the world today. 


Acting Secretary 

Nancy Dowd Burton (Mrs. Robert), 145 E. 

Fountain Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45246 

Fund Agent 

Bea Dingwell Loos (Mrs. Dickson R.), 6400 

Garnett Dr., Chevy Chase. Md. 20015 

May 30th— June 1, 1971 

Our 25th Reunion at SBC 

Mark your calendar now. Jeanne Dixon 
predicts — well, why don't you come and see. 
Plan now to be a part of history in the mak- 
ing. If you would like to help to gather the 
clan in some small way between now and 
June '71, please write me a postcard. You 
will be hearing from us. 

As an appetizer, here are some samples of 
"catching up." Jeanne Parham Coors reports 
from Memphis that the eldest of her four 
daughters is working for Tenn. Dept. of Wel- 
fare, helping to put her husband, Bill Arthur, 
Jr., through college. She graduated from U. 
of Texas in '67. College for Bill was inter- 
rupted by the Air Force and a tour in Thai- 
land. Christy, 21, is working in banking, and 
Dabney is a sophomore at Mary Baldwin. 
Twelve year old Cary keeps Jeanne company 
while husband George "works harder and 
fishes and hunts and plays golf more!" We 
can count on Cary to keep George company 
while Jeanne is at SBC May 30th-June 1st, 

From Louisville, Candy Greene Satterfield 
reports that 15 year old daughter has a horse 
named "Professor." Candy will surely be on 
hand May 30th to look over the new riding 
center for "Professor" and also to enjoy the 
Fine Arts Center, Science Building, Chapel and 
new College Center. Husband Jim is doing 
Diversification for Brown -Williamson Tobacco 
Co. and Jim, Jr. swims year-round on the 
Plantation Swim Team. Candy has been teach- 
ing Spanish at Wilder Elementary School. 

Pat Luke Bryden has a sophomore daughter, 
Connie, at Lake Forest, a son, David, at Hotch- 
kiss, and three younger boys, Philip, Douglas, 
and Matthew at home. They will hold down 
the fort in Bloom sburg, Pa. for Pat in late 
May. Connie spent last Foil in Madrid with a 
college program. 

Wheat Young Call has made reservations 
already for Reunion in '71. She and Doug, 
two boys 15 and 11, and a girl 10 moved a 
year ago from Dallas to Birmingham. Wheats 
has a niece at Sweet Briar, Susan Dabney '73. 
Wheats' note included many messages to 
Sweet Briar faculty and friends on campus. 
Can't include all here but she plans to visit 
and catch up with all in May. 

Helen Graeff Ellerman writes that she is a 
"full-time organist-Director of Music of Luther 
Memorial Church, Erie, Pa. Has been working 
for six years building a "Ministry of Music" — 
four choirs, voice, piano, and organ teaching. 
Husband Ray teaches piano to 62 students a 
week. "Our time together is when we play 
together on our two harpischords or two 
pianos. Great fun! Graeff will really be 
thrilled to see the Chapel and its beautiful 

Catherine Smart Grier reports a busy life 
consolidating the lives of six children while 
huband Joe does same for city and county 
governments in Charlotte. They are so well 
organized that Reunion '71 is already on their 
old SBC calendar. She reports that young Joe 
is a sophomore at UNC. Cathy, 17, has been 
very active in Girl Scouts, church and camp 
work. Susan, a high school sophomore, Roy, 
14, an Eagle Scout, Bruce, 10, and Robin, 6, 
are all active participants in the Grier con- 
solidation and will take over well while 
mother is at SB in May. 

Bami Rollins Napier reports that through 
Julia Bristow she's relocated Allison Buchanan 
Herbertson. Allison is married to a chartered 
accountant and with son, Keith, have moved 
from Edinburgh to Glasgow. 

Margaret Todd Fanning has a daughter at 
Holyoke, another in the business world, and 
a son in junior high school. Peggy sings with 
the Junior League chorus and volunteers teach- 
ing English to Cubans and Portugese. Their 
family recreation centers around cruising sloop. 

Mary Lou Holton Effler reports that Polly 
Kent Page's husband Bob is Dean of the new 
medical school in Toledo. Lou reports finding 
Betty Camlin Ward, but we have no address. 
Help please! And also, help is sought in lo- 
cating Edna Adler Goldberg, Adele Bethel 
Hampton, Allison Buchanan Herbertson (Edin- 
burgh address), Betty Camlin Ward, Jane 
Cook Ross, Biz Fox Cranmer, Louisa Lloyd, 
Patia Maxwell, Marilynne Mayer Estavillo, 
Jane McCrae Schroder, Katy Riordan, Grace 
Schoenheit Metz, Lillian Tootle, Helen Wilken- 
son Neel. Please notify me of the whereabouts 
of any of the above. We need them to supply 
and request Reunion news. 

Saw Adeline Jones Voorhees hitchhiking on 
interstate 75 last spring. Ade's husband Coerte 
still shovels coal in Charleston, son Stephen 
is in College in Colorado, the girls are at 
Dobbs and George is in school at home. 

"Flo" Cameron Kampmann is a regular at 
SB affairs and will take time away from Ike, 
the two children and politics to fly East on Air 
Force One for Reunion. 

Helen Murchison Lane wrote her Reunion 
Reservation for 1971 two weeks ago. It's 
worth a trip just to hear Murch's tales of 
climbing the Matterhorn, summers in Austrian 
castles, publishing books, etc. Don't miss her! 

Ellie Clement Littleton boasts two Sweet 
Briar daughters, one of whom was married 
this summer. She will surely be on hand in 
June as she returns often for Executive Board 

Keep us posted as to your news. This is our 
BIG year! 

Class Secretary 

Mim Wyse Linsky (Mrs. Elliott), 29 Greenwich 

Ave., Leominster, Mass. 01453 

Fund Agent 

Miss Louise Moore, Box 699, Lexington, Va. 


Ann Preston to John Talmadge Vick, May 
16, 1970 

Greetings from your new secretary, and 
special thanks to all of you who replied so 
promptly to my letter. It was great hearing 
from you and catching up on the progress of 
the past 20 years. 

Bill Bailey Fritzinger wrote that we were 
only 13 for our 20th reunion (I wasn't there 
either): Judi Campbell Campbell, Dotsie Wood 
Letts, Sallie Lea Lauriault, Mary Dame Stubbs 
Broad, Lou Moore, Louise Curry Horine, Edie 
Brooke Peyton, Achie Easter Henderson, Gar- 
land Hunter Davis, Peggy Gilliam Park, Elaine 
Adams Harrison, and Moe Gamble Booth. Ann 
McNeer Blanken broke her leg skiing this 
winter or she would have gone. Sally Bianchi 
Foster went to her husband's 25th instead. 

We have our first grandmother! Edith 
Tanner Broughton and Bill became the proud 
grandparents when a daughter, Kathleen Gam- 
brill Broughton, was born on April 24 to their 
son and his wife. Edith and Bill have 3 
boys, so they are very happy with their new 
granddaughter. Edith teaches fifth grade at 
Highlands Day School in Birmingham, but she 
and Bill spend their leisure time sailing in 

Pat Halloran Salvadori and her family are 
returning to Milan after 9 months in Minneap- 
olis. "Robert, 7Vi, and Margaret, 6, enjoyed 
American school and both learned to ice skate. 
Sharon, 416, in nursery school, seems to have 
forgotten all her Italian," writes Pat. 

Stokie Kyle Kimpel and Helmut both work 
on newspapers in Warwick, N.Y. Their oldest 
son, Gordon, toured Europe this summer, be- 
fore entering the School of Engineering at the 
University of Connecticut this fall. Their other 
children are Thomas, 16, and Alice, 12. 

A quick postcard from Pat Owens Purvis tells 
us that they are picking up kids at camp— 
14-year old Lisanne in central Texas and 12- 
year old Tommy in Tin Cup (!!!), Colo., to be 
followed by a week of sight-seeing In Colo- 
rado, and a week on lower Padre Island and 
Monterrey, Mex. 

Dottie Barney Hoover's older son. Hap, 19, 
graduated from Hotchkiss in June, and will 
be a freshman at U.Va. in the fall. Dee, 17, 
is a senior in high school; Peter, 14, is in 8th 
grade, and Holly, 10, is in 5th grade in Darien. 
Dottie writes that she sees Diana Weeks Berry, 
ex-51 , who also lives in Darien, and with 
whom Dot has worked on several SBC projects. 

A lovely note from Marianne Delacorte 
Holland, to let me know that her son Bin, 17, 
will be a freshman at Harvard in Sept. Other 
children are 3 more sons, 15, 13, and 7, and 
one daughter, Melissa, age 10. 

Helen Missires Lorenz and Rich have been 
living in Cleveland for the past year and a 
half, where Rich is Director of the Berlitz Lan- 
guage Schools. Helen is teaching French at the 
Beachwood Middle School, featured on the Bill 
Cosby "Give Us the Children" TV special. In 
addition to the teaching, which she thoroughly 
enjoys, Helen is mother to 3 boys, James, 12, 
Charles, 10, and William, 8, and Is writing 
some curriculum for the district and doing 
free-lance translating. She hopes to continue 
getting her Ph.D. after transferring to Case- 
Western Reserve in the spring. 

Ginger Luscombe Rogers and Justin have just 
bought a lovely 150-year old house in Hudson, 
Ohio. Ginger has started horseback riding 
again— her daughters were dying to have a 
horse, so they bought one, and Ginger is 

enjoying learning how to jump. She has one 
daughter going into 9th grade, one into 7th, 
and a son in 2nd grade. 

Bookie Coryell Feldmann has 5 girls (7-19 
years) and runs her own gift shop in Saginaw, 

A long letter from Achie Easter Henderson, 
written during a cross-country trip, tells of her 
life at U.Va., where Ed has started a Reading 
Study Center. They've found a lovely old 
house right off Rugby Rd. on University Circle. 
They have two children, Achsah, 17, and Ed- 
mond, 14, and are very happy in Charlottes- 

Another very happy wife and mother is 
Bettye Wright Schneider, who has 4 teen-agers: 
Lynn, 19; Tom, 17; Bob, 15; and Ginnie, 13. 
Husband Tom quit the business world to get 
his doctorate in psychology, something he has 
long wanted to do and Is now a reality. 

Evie Woods Cox was very disappointed at 
not being able to get to reunion, but with 5 
children it was something of an impossibility. 
Young Pete is nearly 18, Bobby 16, Charley 14, 
andLys 12VS (she already wants to go to 
SBC), so the family went on a college tour 
through N. C. and Va., planning for the future 
in higher education. 

Margaret Lewis Furse ran into Mary Rose 
Crisp Warren at Camp Waldemar in Kerrville, 
Tex., where her oldest daughter spends her 
summers. Mary Rose is married to a physician 
and lives In Tyler, Tex. Margaret sees Fan 
Lewis Jackson, too, from time to time. Mar- 
garet's husband, Austen, is a lawyer, now 
serving as a county judge. She got her Ph.D. 
in philosophy of religion from Columbia, and 
is going to teach 2 days a week at Rice Uni- 
versity in Houston. She's also serving as State 
Democtaric Committeewoman, and occasionally 
writes book reviews for the Houston Post. All 
this with four children, ages 13, 10, 8, and 5. 
Some people thrive on being active! 

Not me, however — I thrive on being lazy — 
trouble is, there's not enough time for that! 
Link is away a lot (he's Technical Sales Man- 
ager for the Bordon Chemical Co.) and our 
own 4 children keep us very busy indeed! They 
are Faith, 16, Jim, 8, Dan, 6, and Nathan, 
about to be 13 and a Bar Mitzvah boy! The 
big event is scheduled for January, 1971, but 
looms larger every day. It's been a great sum- 
mer after a rotten winter: I broke my arm in 
Dec, cut the cornea of my eye in Feb., and 
had my gal! bladder removed in March. 
Catastrophe, anyone? As soon as I get these 
notes typed and mailed, I am starting work 
on a new musical for the Community Center's 
annual Thanksgiving offering. How about a 
rock musical called "Bald!" For those over 40 

Gleaned from the reunion notebook: Ann 
Belser Asher and Norman are back in Wash- 
ington, D. C, where he works for the Institute 
of Defense Analysis. Dolly Clark Rasmussen 
and family have been transferred back to 
Bethesda after 4 glorious years in Hawaii. 
Trish Denning Stanford lost her husband in 
May, after a long illness. He had been a 
State Representative in the N. C. Legislature. 
She is a Guidance Counselor at the local high 
school in Chapel Hill, and has 4 sons. The 
oldest, Don, Jr., is at Brown University, Randy 
is in high school and Ashley and Jamie are in 
junior high. 

Diana Dent lives in NYC, and runs a "tiny, 
tiny nursery school, which predates Head 
Start." Mostly Puerto Rican children and a 
few American Negroes. Pat Halloran Salvadori 
also wrote a long letter in which she com- 
mends Diana's wonderful work with these 
children, so I think it's time we all knew 
about it. 


"Hot" Hutchens McCaleb has been working 
as a teaching assistant in the Huntsville, Ala., 
public schools. Pud is still in the Hardware 
and Construction business. Children are a son 
19, another 18, and a daughter, 12. Elsie 
Landram Buxton and Tom took a trip to Europe 
this summer — sans children!!! 

Kay Leroy Wing had children's graduations 
to attend, so could not be at reunion, either. 
Daughter Barbara graduated from high school 
and son Doug from grammar school. Son 
Terry is a sophomore in high school. Husband 
Wally is Asst. Manager of Wisconsin Steel, a 
division of Internationa! Harvester. 

Ann Preston Vick was married in Hopkins- 
ville, Ky., on May 16— "Life does begin at 40, 
and it's wonderful," Ann writes. 

Lola Steele Shepherd writes from Calif, that 
her oldest daughter will be attending UCLA 
in the fall; one reason being that SBC is just 
too far away! 

Keep all those cards and letters coming in — 
especially Sally Ann Bianchi Foster, who is the 
brains behind the plot to get me elected Class 
Secretary—. There will be an interim letter, 
full of news, sent to you in the spring. 



Bruce Watts Krucke (Mrs. William), 36 High 

Meadow Rd., Guilford, Conn. 06437 

Fund Agent 

Joy Parker Eldredge (Mrs. Charles), 4550 Island 

Rd., Miami, Fla. 33137 


Sally Louise Croker, born July 2, 1969, to 
Faith Rahmer Croker. They also have a new 
house in Huntington, Long Island — both in- 
teresting projects says Faith. 

John Preston Wycoff, born Aug. 11, 1969, 
to Faith Aldrich Wycoff, joining Mollis, 17, 
Richard, 12, Whitney, 11, and David, 10— like 
raising three generations says Faith. 

Being named Faith in '54 appears to be a 
risky business! 


Polly Van Peenan Grimes to McLean, Va. 
Her husband is an Assistant Secretary to the 
Navy. Logan Bentley Lessona (Countess Fran- 
cesco) from Rome to Lafayette, Calif., where 
she is still with Autoweek Magazine. Page 
Brydon Leslie from Richmond to Lynchburg. 
Betsy Nunn Kennedy from Foster City, Calif., 
to Lexington, Ky. I bet Betsy would get the 
class prize for most moves if we offered one! 
Ann Walsh Cahouet from Altadena to Los 
Angeles. Mary Lee McGinnis McClain from 
Memphis to Wilmette, ill. Jean Croker Mc- 
Millan from Mineola, Long Island to Manhas- 
set. Sue Callaway Haley from Waco to Dallas. 
New Residences in the same towns 

Janet Cozart Phillips in Wilmington. Barbara 
Wilson Day in Bel Air, Md. Ruth Frye Deaton 
in Hickory, NX. Carol Nash Adams in Hous- 
ton. Mary Ann Krotzer in New Orleans. Ann 
Henry Lake in Tulsa. Nanci Hay Ma honey in 
Ridgefield, Conn. Lani Garner deLangavant in 
Montreal. Nancy Campbell Zivley in Houston. 
Mary Barber Read in Austin. 

Do you wonder why these sound like a lot 
of dry facts? Because they are— nobody seems 
to write anything but a new address — no news 
about a new job, what tho children are doing 
or anything. Please use the flap of your fund 
envelope to say a little about yourself or send 
me a card occasionally — otherwise we'll never 
know. Here are a few items from those flaps. 

Vickie Toof Pierce is now Chairman of the 
Foreign Language Department in Great Falls, 
Montana, and also Sec'y-Treasurer of the Mon- 
tana Foreign Language Teachers Assoc. 

Bev Bragg Smith was Chairman of her 
county's Sesquicentennial celebration which in- 
volved a pageant, a parade, an art and his- 
tory show, and Pilgrim and Heritage Trials. 
She is active in a number of other things, 
principally on three State n;ental health com- 

Anne Sheffield Hale was President of the 
Atlanta SBC Club last year. They are starting 
their third Living Room Learning project with 
an excellent course on U.S. Foreign Policy and 
the Cold War. Margaret Davison Block and 
Betty Walker Dykes are attending also. 

Dilly Johnson Jones accompanied her hus- 
band on a marvelous trip to a State Depart- 
ment Construction Conference in Bankok. Sally 
Bumbaugh is now selling real estate in Ocean 
City, N.J. 

Mag Andrews Poff's husband has retired 
from the Jaycees and is now nearly as busy 
as the Republican Campaign Coordinator. 
Mag's mother is down in Roanoke now and 
because of her poor health, the Poff's trips 
were restricted to this country this year. Mag 
did see Alexis (Ro) Ogilvie Echols and Mar- 
garet Davison Block at a Bar Assoc, meeting. 

Jean Gillespie Walker had a rather poor 
1969 with planned surgery in March and 
emergency surgery in June (an intestinal ob- 
struction)— the latter having a difficult con- 
valescence which cancelled their Sea Island 
vacation. Their boys are at Episcopal High 
School now and Jean is rattling around in her 

Cindy Sinclair Rutherford has completed 
some 50 hours of graduate work and become 
a duly licensed teacher for the state of Kansas. 
She taught 7th and 8th grade English and had 
a fascinating year. Among her projects were 
an all-school talent assembly which is ap- 
parently unbelievable with that age group, 
educational TV, and various problems of school 
integration which have come up in Wichita. I 
received a lovely invitation from the Birger 
Sandzen Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg, Kan- 
sas, to view an Exhibition of Metal Sculpture 
by Bill Rutherford. His hobby seems to be 
really becoming something! 

Ann Thomas managed Rangoon, Mandalay, 
and Burma (none of the cards she sent home 
arrived) and a trip through Germany on the 
way home — just an average year. I hope to 
see her while visiting my brother-in-law in 

Joy Parker Eldredge is our new Fund Agent 
as I'm sure many of you know from already 
having heard from her. Do give her all the 
help you gave Jean. 1 know she'll do a most 
conscientious job. Her husband has started a 
new banking supply business in Miami which 
she is helping with a great deal since Charles 
works full time in six banks already. Joy is 
active in the Pioneer Voices for the Junior 
League and the Board of Young Patronesses 
for the Miami Opera and Symphony. 

Anne Brooke is now with the Department of 
Classics at Vassar College. 

1 do hear from Lynn Carlton McCaffree quite 
a bit. She and the girls waited out Mike's 
year in Viet Nam in Houston. Mike came home 
in June and during his month's leave they 
found a place to live in Charleston, S.C. where 
Mike will command a destroyer for about 18 
months. Lynn had to move twice alone though 
—Mike had to attend Prospective Commander's 
School up here in Newport. He spent a week- 
end in August with us and we had a most 
pleasant relaxed visit. It was fascinating to 
hear of all his recent adventures. They have 

a nice roomy place in Charleston and we hope 
to visit them as Bill's company has a plant 
there which he visits fairly often. 

Our year has been rarher uneventful — no 
trips and no moves for a change. My parents 
were up in December to see the new house — 
don't think we'll ever get Daddy north in the 
winter again. We still love Guilford and feel 
as though we're real natives (of course you're 
not really a native of Guilford unless your 
grandparents were born here)! 1 continue to 
have dogs as my main pastime. Our champion, 
Max, won six Best of Breeds in 12 shows last 
year and continues this percentage by having 
won 3 Best of Breeds in 6 shows so far this 
year. His puppies are beginning to appear in 
the ring now too which is exciting. We have 
started Obedience work in earnest now and 
he has done fairly well at matches but 1 don't 
know if he'll pay as much attention to me as 
he does to the girl dog next to him in the 
ring. My three boys continue to thrive. Carl 
is 1 5 which is hard to imagine — he's just 
beginning to grow up to his feet— he's active 
in the school band. Kurt is 12 and an ardent 
Boy Scout and also playing little league foot- 
ball. John, 6, completed Kindergarten and is 
huge — most people think he's 8 or 9. I'm 
very excited at the prospect of having every 
one in school all day this year. I taught 
swimming again this summer for Guilford and 
Madison— trying to defray some of the money 
I spend on the dog and on painting. We are 
going to Virginia Beach for the last three 
weeks of summer. 

Please put a few lines of your activities on 
your Fund Flap for me. 



Dianne Chase Monroe (Mrs. S. E., II), 7 Castle 

Howard Ct., Princeton, N.J. 08540 

Fund Agent 

Penny Meighan Martin (Mrs. Roger A.), RFD 

# 3, Old Lyme, Conn. 06371 


To Alex Carpenter Cole, 2nd boy, Brian 
Barstow, May 18, 1969. To Mary Lane Bryan 
Sullivan, Ellen Keely, Nov. 29. 1969. To Winnie 
Winter Cocke, 3rd child and 1st girl, Martha 
Elizabeth, May 10, 1969. To Judy Kingman 
Lowry, Ellen Campbell, Oct. 13, 1968. To 
Dorothy Wyatt Shields, 4th child and 1st boy, 
Wyatt, April, 1969. To Shirley McCallum Davis, 
Thomas Addison, April 29, 1969, by adoption. 
To Elizabeth Fairfield Creighton, 3rd child, 
Elizabeth James, Sept. 8, 1969. To Mary Lou 
Burelle Woolsey, 3rd child, 2nd daughter, 
Julie Katherine, Nov. 29, 1969. 

I would like to extend the sympathy of the 
class of '53 to Joan Nelson Bargamin on the 
sudden death of her mother last winter. 

Lee Wood Audhuy is teaching in the English 
department at the University of Toulouse in 
France. She teaches American Civilization and 
Literature to the more advanced students. She 
said that "small classes, library facilities and 
organization do not exist" but it's stimulating. 

Marietta Eggleston Carpenter writes that 
Doug has become the rector of St. Paul's in 
Lynchburg. She visits Sweet Briar frequently 
and keeps busy with her four children. 

Cornelia Long Kaminski is chairing the Jr. 
League committee which serves as a liaison to 
the community for the Metropolitan Museum 
Centennial. She developed a filmstrip for the 
Museum last year. Amos travels in Europe 


half of the time as he is head of the interna- 
tional department for a brokerage house. 

Suzanne Brown Henry is taking a year off 
before starting her residency in pediatric neu- 
rology. She is planning a house that they will 
build and entertaining people her husband is 
recruiting for the University of Missouri Med- 
ical School where he is teaching. 

Shirley McCallum Davis Is in Freiburg, Ger- 
many, where her husband, Gene, is the Ful- 
bright Guest Professor of English at the 
University. She is also teaching English part 
time and "working hard on learning some 

Julie Green is Assistant Exhibits Designer at 
the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She works on 
the design and installation of new galleries 
and exhibitions. In the winter of '69, she 
installed the show of "Gold of Ancient Amer- 
ica" in Chicago and ni Richmond. She skis 
in the winter and sails in the summer and 
has had some side trips to Rome, The Aegean, 
and London. 

Poogie Wyatt Shields writes that besides 
her four children, she keeps busy teaching 
music to physically handicapped children at 
an Episcopal home in Charlottesville. 

Eleanor Cain Pope and Betsy McCutcheon 
Williams went to visit Lanny Tuller Webster 
for a "mini-reunion" at Pawley's Island, S. C. 
Claire Cannon Christopher, Jane Oxner War- 
ing, and Barbara Elliott Eddins were there. 
Eleanor has four boys now. Sam and I had a 
brief visit with Jane Waring when we were 
in Charleston for the S. C. Bankers Convention. 
She looks great and she has a lovely house 
in the old part of Charleston. She has two of 
the cutest children ever. 

Joan Nelson Bargamin went to England for 
the month of July for a Nelson family reunion. 
Lord Nelson's brother was her great, great, 
great grandfather so she Is invited to a special 
celebration. She is going to another special 
party given by the Shakespeare Memorial 
Theater as her grandfather was on the first 
Board of Governors there. Her father was to 
go but isn't well enough so Joan is his emis- 
sary. As if getting ready for this trip wasn't 
enough, Joan sold $350 worth of bulbs. Con- 

Janet Wynn Dougherty and husband have 
just built a new home and Janet is starting 
a children's dress factory. I don't know the 
trade name but hope to get some more de- 
tails. She wrote that Dianne Stafford Mayes 
and Roy live in Missouri. They have two boys. 
She also said that Ann Taylor is Knoxvilte's 
local T.V. celebrity. She is with the NBC af- 
filiate and "fantastically capable and profes- 
sional". She's had some tapes on Monitor. 

We have two lost ladies ! ! If any of you 
know of their whereabouts, please let me 
know or let the Alumnae Office know. They 
are: Sue K'burg Kett (Mrs. Walter S.) and 
Susan Chapin Alex (Mrs. Edward J.). 

I have had a busy year traveling with Sam, 
working on League proiects, running a booth 
for the Hospital Fete (it grossed $90,000 in 
one day), church work, etc., etc. Please use 
your flaps for news or write to me. We only 
have one column a year now and I want to 
cover as many ladies as possible. 



Anne Allen Symonds (Mrs. J. Taft), 13 Aber- 

corn Place, London NW 8, England 

Fund Agent 

Anne Parker Schmalz (Mrs. Robert), 110 Lin- 
den St., New Haven, Conn. 06511 

Chloe Fort Lenderman, 2nd daughter, 
Wynne, Feb., 1970 

May Belle Scott Rauch, 2nd son, Jackson 
Scott, Mar. 5, 1970 

Rosalie Smithy Tollman, 2nd son, William 
Ball, Apr., 1970 

Betsy Gate Pringle, 2nd child, 1st daughter, 
Laura Perry, 1969 

Jingles Street Robinson, 2nd child, 1st 
daughter, Jingles II, Nov. 14, 1969 

Martha Baum Sikes, 1st child, Matthew Mc- 
Arthur, Nov. 13, 1969 

Lynne Rynders Welch, 1st child, William 
Alan, Dec. 11, 1969 

Reyhan Tansal Larimer, 1st child, Celine, 
Apr. 11, 1970 

Louise Durham Purvis, 3rd child, 1st son, 
Robert Kenneth Berry, July 21, 1969 

Elizabeth Farmer Owen, 2nd child, 1 st 
daughter, Elizabeth Pendleton, Sept. 2, 1969 

Mary Sturgeon Biggs, 3rd son, Geoffrey, 
April, 1969 

Nancy Powell French, 1st son, David Bruce, 
July, 1969 

Leslie Heye Quarrier, 3rd child, 1st daughter, 
July 23, 1970 


Cornelia (Keena) Green to Park Palmer 

Lydia Taylor to Raul Sortomayor, Jan. 1970. 

Mig Garrity Sturr's mother wrote and 
brought me up to date on Mig and Dixon. 
After two years at the Naval College in 
Monterrey, Cal., Dixon received a Masters in 
oceanography and is now a Lt. Comdr. pres- 
ently serving as Officer in Charge of an 
oceanography ship which soon goes out of 
Bremerhaven on a 13 month expedition into 
the North Atlantic. Mig, Dixon, two daughters, 
Dixanne and Sharon, are in Europe this sum- 

mer visiting Germany, Switzerland, Greece, 
and Italy. Mig will be back in Forty Fort, Pa. 
this winter teaching nursery school. They were 
planning to see Collette Carozza, also in 
Europe this summer with her parents. 

Judy Whitacre Snider's husband David is 
Asst. Prof, of Social Ethics and Coordinator 
of Religious Activities at Union College. David 
received his Ph.D. from Emory in Atlanta, Aug. 
1969. Judy is busily volunteering time with 
Clergy and Laymen concerned about Vietnam 
and the Schenectady Council on Human Sex- 
uality. Laura Connerat Jelks is involved in a 
study hall in an underprivileged housing proj- 
ect in Savannah where everything is taught 
from the ABC's to astronomy. Her assistants 
are two teen age ex-drug users. Lolly and 
Freeman are in the 1st and 2nd grades. 
Louise Durham Purvis and John have moved 
back to St. Andrew's where they are living 
in his grandmother's old house. John is in 
the process of setting up a new merchant's 
bank in Edinburgh. Their son Robert was born 
on Moon Landing Day. 

Carolyn Lamson Kimbrough visited Betsy 
Shure Gross last summer with her two chil- 
dren, Elaine, 4, and Kim Jr., 7. Betsy is god- 
mother to Chris Christie Kruger's Peter, 2. 
Gary, Betsy's husband was chief resident in 
OB at Yale the winter of 1969-70. On August 
15 the Grosses moved to Mass. where Gary 
will set up his OB practice and fit in his 
Army Reserve duty. 

Jingles Street Robinson reports her son 
Jimie rode in car pool last year with Day 
Padgitt Kuntz's son Peter who is SV2. Day's 
other son is Hal, 7. They attend St. Mary's 
Hall in San Antonio where both Day and 
Jingles went. Mary Ann Noll and John Funk 
are living in Falfurrias, Tex., with their two 
sons, Johnito, 3, and Robert, V/2. 

Martha Baum Sikes' son Matthew arrived 
on his father's and uncle's birthdays. Martha, 
Reyhan Tansal Larimer, and Lynne Rynders 

Welch, roommates senior year produced their 
first born within five months of each other. 
Lynne's husband left the Marines in Jan. 1970 
and they are now living in Greenwich. Her 
husband works for Electronic Data Systems 
in NYC. 

Many thanks to Kim Patmore Cool who 
always responds to my pleas for news. Her 
life is still filled with daily skating. Six year 
old Heidi skated in her first ice carnival in 
April at the Cleveland Skating Club. Kim and 
Ken are still curling enthusiasts come winter 
and this year won the Cleveland Invitational 
Mixed Bon spiel. Kim competed in Toronto in 
Jan. in a Ladies Bon spiel. When she wrote 
she had just returned from a U.S. Figure 
Skating Judges School in Lansing, Mich, and 
was getting back to her new daily summer 
exercise, tennis. Kim and Ken have run into 
Barbara Pearsall Muir and her husband sail- 
ing. Barbara's husband Angus has recently 
graduated from Case Western Reserve Med. 
School. With their two children they live in an 
attractive antique filled home in Cleveland 
Heights. Dulcie Heintz Germond is living in 
Mentor, Ohio, where her husband took a job 
after graduating from Va. Bus. School in 1968. 
Alice Warner is still a computer programmer 
at the Wilmington Bank and Trust and travel- 
ling extensively on vacations. 

Nancy Powell and Bruce French are new 
residents of Charlotte. Bruce supervises three 
American Motor Inns in the Charlotte vicinity 
and as well several others in the Rocky- 
Mount and Wilson area. In Winston-Salem 
Mary Brush Bass is teaching riding. 

Lydia Taylor was married to Raul Soto- 
mayor last Jan. Raul is a lawyer she met 
while on her Fullb right in Santiago. Rue 
Wallace Judd was a bridesmaid and reported 
the wedding lovely. Raul arrived In Norfolk 
two days before and they left immediately 
to return to Santiago and set up permanent 
residency. As Raul doesn't speak English 

Patti Tyson at the Nation's Capitol 


PATTI BIRGE TYSON, '61: "As Executive Assistant 
to Congresswoman Margaret Hecker of Massachusetts, 
my responsibility is primarily to supervise the opera- 
tion of the Washington office and to keep a sharp eye 
on all incoming and outgoing mail with constituents 
she represents. I also write press releases, speeches, 
statements for submission to the Congressional Record 
and newsletters. I find jobs for those who request Con- 
gressional assistance, and I take active part in other 
major projects: a senior citizens' seminar for elderly 
constituents; molding a timely legislative questionnaire, 
giving a reception for Mass. delegates to the National 
Federation of Republican Women's conference. 

"Working for a woman member of Congress is prob- 
ably the best thing that ever happened to me. Although 
the hours are long, the work never finished, there is 
great creative freedom here. Mrs. Heckler is a constant 
inspiration because she manages to be an exemplary 
wife and mother as well as an effective representative 
of the people. 

"Women's particular suitability to this representa- 
tive role is quite evident. I hope that future years will 
bring more women to our nation's legislative body. 
There is a great need for more women in Congress. 

"It is fitting to mention here my abiding gratitude to 
Miss Sarah Ramage for her course in freshman com- 
position, which has probably been the cornerstone of 
my job-marketability." 


Lydia was quite busy talking for both of 
them. Another new South American resident 
is Nancy Hudler Keuffel and Gerd. They were 
transferred from Port Elizabeth, 5. A. to Buenos 
Aires and are presently in process of setting 
up house which comes complete with swim- 
ming pool. The Keuffels had a six week home 
leave here in June and July. Our trip to Africa 
last Oct. and Nov. included game park stops 
in Kenya and Tanzania before stopping in 
South Africa to visit the Keuffels. 

Ann Ritchy Baruch's Richie and May Belle 
Scott Rauch's Teddy will be classmates this 
fall at the Montesorri School in Gladwynne. 
They live about two blocks from each other. 
May Belle and Red spent the month of July 
in Bay Head, N. J. 

The Symonds as of this column deadline are 
meeting another as wel! — moving out of our 
house which we are subletting and moving 
to London, via a few weeks in Texas before- 
hand. We'll be there until April or May, 
1971, and are looking forward to our new 
adventure with great eagerness. Taft will be 
working with Robert Fleming Ltd., merchant 
bankers, the parent of his NYC office. 


Class Secretary 

Katharine B. Potterfield, 461 1 Virginia Ave., 

SE, Charleston, West Virginia 25304 

Fund Agent 

Stuart Davenport, 6706 Wolf Pen Branch Rd., 

Harrods Creek, Ky. 40027 

As I sit down to begin writing this, the first 
of my yearly epistles to the Alumnae Maga- 
zine, I realize that May 31 and graduation 
are less than three months behind us! Yet 
already we're spread hundreds — even thou- 
sands — of miles apart and fast losing track of 
one another. So the "Chronicles of the Class 
of '70" are written to bridge the span of 
miles and months that now separate us. This 
first installment will be brief, but I expect 

every one to have an exciting, action -packed, 
ad ventu red-filled year to come so that the 
next chapter in our history will be long and 
terribly interesting. (By the way, I plan to 
do bi-annual notes — the next set will be in 
the spring for the class only. I'll send out re- 
minders to one and all to mail me their news, 
so no one will be forgotten.) 

Many of our numbers are either embarked 
or soon to set sail on new careers. Elizabeth 
Wilson is closest to "home" — right on campus, 
in fact, working in the Admissions Office with 
Mrs. Baldwin. Terry Eoff and Kathie Kraemer 
are practically right next door in Washington, 
where they sublet Linda Donald's ('69) apart- 
ment in Georgetown for the summer. Both 
had jobs using their math majors. Putt Mundy 
and Betty McKee also headed for the big city 
life and are sharing an apartment in the heart 
of Manhattan while in training programs 
with large banks there. Cathie Louis is fixing 
up an apartment at home in Atlanta and get- 
ting herself organized to begin teaching in 
the fall. I am sure that many others spent 
the summer at ease while waiting for their 
new teaching positions to begin in August or 
September. Cyndy Sims has already been 
working for a year in Cincinnati, where she 
is a social worker with the Cincinnati Health 
Department. She is also taking some courses 
at the University of Cincinnati. 

Among the growing list of those taking 
that long walk down the aisle is Ca ndace 
Buker Chang. She and her husband Franklin 
are in Montana for the summer, but will re- 
turn to Conn, this fall where Franklin is in 
school. Another June bride, Betty Glass Smith 
is now living and working in Richmond with 
her new mate, Bill. Mary Scales Lawson and 
Jeff are in Memphis where she will teach 
while Jeff finishes medical school at the Uni- 
versity of Tenn. Linda Williams Buttrill and 
John are in Rochester where both will work. 
Also in the north, Mary Beth Halligan Griffin 
and Vaughan are living in Rutland, Vermont, 
since their wedding in July. Jony Hicks Rob- 
blee and Paul are just over the mountain 
from SBC in Lexington. Paul will be in W & L 
Law School while Jony joins the ranks of the 

nation's teachers. Julie Northup Marshall and 
Salli Shropshire LaGrone are both with their 
husbands in Germany on tours of duty with 
Uncle Sam's forces there. 

Sarah Embry and Debbi Warren went to 
Europe together for the summer, will return 
to the States to work. 

I am sure there are many of you unde- 
cided about your futures, but three present 
job-hunters ! have heard from are Nia Eld- 
ridge, Becky Nelson, and Jane Lewis. Becky 
plans to stay at home in Tuscaloosa,, while 
Jane plans on Richmond at the moment. 

Despite our many complaints about semi- 
nars and papers, courses and comps, many of 
us will be returning to various and sundry 
campuses this fall. Barbara Offutt and Kathy 
Pinner worked together all summer at Va. 
Beach, but will head toward opposite ends 
of the country in September. Barb will study 
Dramatic Literature at Stanford and her side- 
kick Kathy will be at Yale Drama School. 
Wilma Packard will be near Kathy at Katie 
Gibbs in Boston. Liz Smith will return to her 
old haunt, Washington, to attend George- 
town Law School. Barbara La La nee will re- 
main in the South studying American History 
at Chapel Hill. Cathie Kelly will be at Penn 
State in Art History. Louise Lambert will also 
study Art History. She will be at U. of Minn, 
on a Kress Foundation Fellowship and a teach- 
ing assistantship after working for Colonial 
Williamsburg and having another of her di- 
seases, pnuemonia, this summer. As for me, 
I shall be at Columbia College of Physicians 
and Surgeons in New York to work on my 
masters in Physical Therapy. After a summer 
of work in a Charleston Hospital and two 
delightful weeks at Wrightsville Beach, N. C. 
with my family, I am looking forward to see- 
ing any and all of you who are in or around 
New York. Please do look me up at Maxwell 
Hall on the med school campus. 

That is about all the news for now. Until 
the next letter, don't forget your SBC friends 
and the many good times we had in the Vir- 
ginia hills and all that we experienced there. 
Sweet Briar will always remain a part of us 
and we of it. Best of luck to all of us as we 
now spread our wings and try "the world"! 

of %\\zm jiteei ;Srar 

Mrs. E. S. Bippers (Margaret Becket, Academy) 

Mrs. W. Sparrow Weddell (Elise Parrish, Academy) 

March 1970 
Mrs. Ernest Faesch (Rebecca White '13) April 1970 
Miss Dorothy Bancroft '13, May 20, 1970 
Mrs. William P. Anderson (Erna Driver '14) 

March 28, 1970 
Mrs. Eugene Martineau (Martina Ambuhl '15) 

June 4, 1970 
Mrs. Folsum Everest (Elsie Tinley '18) June 6, 1969 
Mrs. George Myers (Lelia Sawyer '20) October 18, 1968 
Miss Virginia W. Little '22, August 25, 1969 
Mrs. Robert Martin (Ethel Addison '23) 


Miss A. Brooks Grimes '23 

Mrs. Kenneth King (Annette Brown '26) June 21, 

Mrs. Edward Wailes (Cornelia Wailes '26) 

August 25, 1970 
Miss Helen Hunter '27, June 1, 1970 
Mrs. Alice H. Morgan (Alice Harrold '28) July 11, 1969 

Mrs. Richard B. Johnston (Jane Dillon '29) 
May 11, 1970 

Mrs. Barbara Godfrey '40, June 22, 1970 

Mrs. Clifford Dowdev (Frances Wilson '41) 

July 13, 1970 
Mrs. Carl W. VonDreele, Jr. (Nancy Braucher '60) 



Jeanette Boone 

v%elen m/Vlac and Gmian Z&oone leave tlje f^ftaff 


Martha von Briesen, '31 

he end of June, 1970, marked the retirement of two 
graduates of Sweet Briar who have served on the College 
staff for many years. They are Jeanette Boone, Recorder, 
and Helen McMahon, manager of the Book Shop since 1947 
and Alumnae Secretary during the preceding nine years. 
To countless alumnae and students this means that 'Helen 
Mac and Dan Boone' are leaving the staff. 

Several years after her graduation from the College, Miss 
Boone returned to Sweet Briar in 1931 as assistant in the 
registrar's office. She became Assistant Registrar in 1935 
and during World War II she was Acting Registrar while 
Mrs. Bernice D. Lill was on leave for service in the 
WAVES. Upon Mrs. Lill's return the functions of the office 
were separated; Mrs. Lill became Director of Admission, and 
Miss Boone was named Recorder. 

During her years at Sweet Briar, Jeanette Boone served 
on several committees, notably the Committee on Admission 
of which she was chairman for several years, and the Carry 
Nature Sanctuary Committee, which she chaired for 14 years. 
She also has been bookkeeper for the Book Shop for some 
20 years. 

As Recorder, her duties were many and varied; they 
included the responsibility for registration; working out 
teaching schedules and assigning classrooms; scheduling 
examinations; recording, sending out reports of grades, 
maintaining all student records and issuing official tran- 
scripts. But there was much more than record-keeping. Many 
times when there were schedule conflicts, her work brought 
her into close contact with students or faculty members. In 
every case she tried to resolve problems in the best interests 

of each individual. They respected her for her integrity and 
unfailing fairness, as well as for the high standards she set 
for herself and encouraged in others. Whoever worked with 
her soon recognized and relied on the meticulous accuracy 
of her work. 

Under the management of Helen McMahon since 1947, 
the Book Shop has effectively served its primary function: 
to meet the needs of the academic community with textbooks 
and supplies. More than that, however, the Book Shop has 
been an inviting center for book-browsers, and its carefully- 
chosen stock of stationery, greeting cards, unusual gift items 
has attracted parents, alumnae, and other visitors as well 
as the campus residents. Few alumnae return to Sweet Briar 
without visiting the Book Shop to greet Helen Mac and to 
buy books, records and presents for their children and 
friends at home. 

Since its origin in 1908, when it was operated for a few 
hours each week and served as a convenience to faculty and 
students to purchase books and supplies, the Book Shop has 
been administered by a faculty committee. An independent 
enterprise, its proceeds have supplied loan funds and schol- 
arships for students and various gifts to the College, and 
have been used to finance two buildings. 

The current Book Shop was opened in 1961. Plans were 
drawn by Dr. Carol M. Rice, then chairman of the committee, 
working closely with Miss McMahon to achieve a building 
which was both functional and attractive. In every respect, 
the attractive appearance of the Shop — with its book-lined 
walls and its inviting fireplace on cold winter days — and the 
quality of the merchandise reflect the good taste of the 


Helen McMahon 

As Executive Secretary of the Alumnae Association for 
nine years, Miss McMahon edited the Alumnae Magazine, 
directed alumnae clubs and fund-raising. She also served 
the College on many committees and in other capacities dur- 
ing her years on the staff. 

During the summer months over a long period she was 
associated with Camp Alleghany, W. Va., which was directed 
by the late Professor and Mrs. Hugh Worthington of Sweet 
Briar. As a counselor and later head counselor, she was 
'Helen Mac' to hundreds of campers, a good many of whom 
subsequently enrolled at Sweet Briar. 

In 1945, Helen Mac and Dan Boone bought a small camp 
for girls, at Little Switzerland, N. C. Together they operated 
Camp Glenlaurel until 1964. They also share a home at 
Sweet Briar. Their future plans include spending time at 
Little Switzerland, where Helen Mac owns a cottage and 
where Dan Boone can pursue her favorite hobby, birding. 
In recent years she has been an active member of the Lynch- 
burg Bird Club and the Virginia Society of Ornithology. 

Since neither has ever restricted her work for Sweet Briar 
to a standard work-day or week, one can predict that com- 
plete leisure holds no great charms for these friends and 
that Dan and Helen Mac will shortly become involved in 
other, if less demanding, endeavors. 

Jcanette Boone, '27, Sweet Briar's Recorder, has been at the 
college since 1931. A familiar sight walking Danny around 
campus, "Dan" is also known as the Pied Piper, so great is 
her attraction for faculty children and pets. 

the photographs and captions on this page 
are reprinted from a sweet briar alumnae 
Magazine, 1959. 

All Sweet Briar students know that if you can't 
find it in the Book Shop, Helen McMahon. '8S, the 
Manager, or Gertrude Prior. '29, Iter Assistant, 
will order it for you. From 19SS to 191,7 Helen 
was Executive Secretary of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion. Gertrude was previously an assistant in 
Biology and she was acting president of the 
Alumnae Association in 191,1-191,2. 


Alumnae Association Executive Board 


Mrs. Edward Dwelle, Jr. 

(Jacquelyn Strickland, '35) 

4948 Morven Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. 32210 

First Vice-President 

Mrs. Eugene D. Hill, Jr. 

(Preston Hodges, '49) 

3910 S. Hillcrest Dr., Denver, Colo. 80237 

Second Vice-President. 
Mrs. Samuel Upchurch 
(Ann Samford, '48) 
3828 Forest Glen Drive, Birmingham, Ala. 35213 


Mrs. James E. Covington, Jr. 

(Jane Ellis, '60) 

410 St. Christopher's Rd., Richmond, Va. 23226 

Fund Chairman 

Mrs. Bernard Levin 

(Carla de Creny, '51) 

7407 Cortlandt Place, Norfolk, Va. 23505 

Nominating Chairman 

Mrs. David McClung, II 

(Margaret Graves, '53) 

Rt. 4, Box 61, Salem, Va. 24153 

Alumnae Representative Chairman 

Mrs. W. P. Manning, Jr. 

(Peachey Lillard, '50) 

110 Edgewood Rd., Ardmore, Pa. 19003 

Bequest Chairman 

Mrs. Smith Hickenlooper, Jr. 

(Virginia Heizer, '38) 

2556 Observatory Rd., Cincinnati, O. 45205 

Bulb Chairman 

Mrs. L. Ray Awtrey 

(Anne Noyes, '43) 

5304 Portsmouth Rd., Washington, D. C. 20016 

Finance Committee Chairman 

Mrs. Robert Burton 

(Nancy Dowd, '46) 

145 E. Fountain, Glendale, O. 45246 

Continuing Education Chairman 

Mrs. Hugh H. Trout, Jr. 

(Elizabeth Broun, '35) 

2629 Avenham Ave., Roanoke, Va. 24014 


Region I 

Mrs. John E. Neill 

(Elizabeth Doucett, '41) 

12 Hamilton Road, Scarsdale, N. Y. 10583 

Region II 

Mrs. Frederick Littleton 

(Elinor Clement, '46) 

407 Woodland Ave., Wayne, Pa. 19087 

Region III 

Mrs. Douglas Lindsey 

(Sara Ann McMullen, '47) 

6104 Woodmont Rd., Alexandria, Va. 22306 

Region IV 

Mrs. J. A. McFarland 

(Louise Aubrey, '54) 

2704 Sevier St., Durham, N. C. 27705 

Region V 

Mrs. Holcombe T. Green, Jr. 

(Nancy Hall, '64) 

3100 Marne Dr., N.W., Atlanta, Ga. 35305 

Region VI 

Mrs. Edward Kuntz, Jr. 

(Jane Shipman, '58) 

100 Tait Rd., Dayton, O. 45429 

Region VII 

Mrs. Frederick H. Borsch 

(Barbara Sampson, '59) 

638 Haven St., Evanston, 111. 60201 

Region IX 

Mrs. Robert S. Bush 

(Sarah Adams, '43) 

3709 Caruth Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75225 

Region. X 

Mrs. Walter I. Baldwin, Jr. 

(Francisca Brackenridge, '61) 

305 E. Calif. Street #7, Pasadena, Calif. 91106 

Alumna Member of the Board of Directors 

Mrs. Leonard M. Horton 

(Gladys Wester, '30) 

P. O. Box 308, Short Hills, N. J. 07078 

Alumnae Members of the Board of Overseers 

Mrs. Oscar W. Burnett 

(Juliet Halliburton, '35) 

1910 Lafayette Ave., Greensboro, N. C. 27408 

Mrs. John A. Tate, Jr. 

(Dorothy Nicholson, '38) 

P. O. Box 2515, Davidson, N. C. 28036 

Mrs. John F. Rixey 

(Patricia Traugott, '48) 

1516 Blandford Circle, Norfolk, Va. 23505 

Mrs. Edward R. Harris, Jr. 

(Dale Hutter, '53) 

1309 Crenshaw Court, Lynchburg, Va. 24503 


Mrs. Blake C. Clark 

(Nancy Hamel, '52) 

1801 Nottingham Rd., Greensboro, N. C. 27408 

Mrs. St. George T. Lee, Jr. 

(Ann Tremain, '69) 

410 Park St., Charlottesville, Va. 22901 

Miss Ann Gateley, '70 

7200 Duval Apt. 207, Austin, Texas 78752 

Director of Alumnae Affairs 

Mrs. Ernest M. Wood, Jr. 

(Elizabeth Bond, '34) 

Sweet Briar, Va. 24595 

Associate Director of Alumnae Affairs 

Mrs. Bernard Reams 

(Ann Morrison, '42) 

Sweet Briar, Va. 24595 


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May 30-J 

une 1 

Opening Convocation 

Baroque Music Festival 

Philidor Trio, concert 

Paul Hume, Music Editor, Washington Post 

John R. Shannon, organ recital 

Alumnae Council 

Sir Leslie French, "An Evening of Shakespeare" 

Founders Day Memorial Service 

Dedication of Wailes College Center 

Senior Show 

Parents Day 

John Hollander, poet from Yale University 

Miller Burrows, Professor of Biblical Theology, Yale 

Alexander Riasanovsky, "Russian and Soviet Visions of the Future" 
Jeanne Chall, Professor of Education, Harvard University 

Grace Bates, Professor of Mathematics, Mount Holyoke 
Paint & Patches play 
Oxford-Cambridge Players, Hamlet 
Sweet Briar Day 

Beethoven Bicentennial Celebration 

The Francesco Chamber Trio, concert 

Alfred Brendel, piano concert 

New Cleveland String Quartet, concert 

Gregg Smith Singers, concert 

Gregory Vlastos, Stuart Professor of Philosophy, Princeton 

Harry F. Harlow, Professor of Psychology, Univ. of Wisconsin 

Gyorgy Kepes, Professor of Visual Design, M.I.T. 
Paint & Patches play 

Urie Bronfenbrenner, Professor of Psychology, Human Develop- 
ment, and Family Studies. Cornell 
Carl Schorske, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, Princeton 

Will Herberg, Professor of Philosophy and Culture, Drew 

Paint & Patches play 

Sixty-Second Annual Commencement 

Reunion and Alumnae College 

Where There's a Will 
There's a Way! 

More and more alumnae with 
modest estates are discovering 
they can remember Sweet Briar 
generously in their Wills while 
making substantial provision 
for their families at the same 
time. Ask your attorney how it 


WINTER 1971 

WINTER 1971 

Volume 41, Number 2, Winter 1971 

Editor: Elizabeth Bond Wood, '34 

Associate Editor: Catharine Fitzgerald Booker, 

Design : Diane DeLong Fitzpatrick, '69 
Class Notes Editor: Mary Hughes Vaughan 


1 Sweet Briar Yesterday and Today 

by President Anne Gary Pannell 
3 Twenty-one Years a President 
7 My Mother, the President 

by Clifton W. Pannell 
9 Our Friend, the President 

by Eleanor D. Barton 

10 My Neighbor, the President 

by Elizabeth Bond Wood, '34 

11 A Definition of Courage 

by Nida Tomlin Watts, '40 

12 Our First Lady, the President 

by Peter V. Daniel 
14 The Meaning of Music 
18 Under the Baton of Mr. Gilpin 

by Lucile Umbreit 
20 Our Finest Hope is Memory 

by Gerhard Masur 

22 Happiness is Those Who Sing with You 

by Laura Mink, '71 

23 The Sound of Music 

by Lucile Umbreit 

24 Our Music Library 

by John Shannon 

25 Mirium H. Weaver: 1887-1969 

26 A Poet from Down Under 

by Nancy St. Clair Talley, '56 
28 Tom and Cornelia and Sweet Briar ° n the Cover: 

bv Edna Lee Gilchrist, '26 n n n- t • a n -n n 

„_ Our Cover Girl is Anne Gary Pannell, 

30 Lawrence G. Nelson who came to Sweet Briar in 1950 and 

by Sarah Thorpe Ramage and Richard who is leaving the College in 1971. 

C. Rowland For her coming, Sweet Briar is stronger in 

31 Lawrence G. Nelson a »l ways — endowment, buildings, curriculum, 

by Fleming Parker Rutledge, '59 faculty and students. 

oo r> 4. /t t. ii. x- * i At her leaving we express our esteem, 

6i, Breast Cancer: has the time come for a less j ■ *.■ , £, .• * , 

our admiration and affection for her 

mutilating treatment? through the pens of several special writers 

by Oliver Cope, M.D. whose words in this magazine reflect the 

37 Class Notes feelings of all of us whose hearts and minds 

picture CREDITS: front cover: Associated Press, Ralph have been touched by President Anne Pannell. 

R. Thompson: p. 3: Bradford Bachrach; p. 5: Gene Camp- 

bell: p. 6: Harris & Ewing; p. 8: Bradford Bachrach: p. T , . .. , _ „ _. . _ . . _ 

9: Gene Campbell; p. 10: Gordon Thomas; p. 13: Ed Nano; ? ss " ed four times yearly: Fall Winter, Spring and Summer, 

p. 17: Bradford Bachrach: p. 22: Denise Mullen: p. 24: % . Swe f' Bnar £°" e / e ' S , econd 5*? ss Pftage paid at Sweet 

Gene Campbell; p. 25: Gene Campbell; pp. 26-27: Denise Briar, Virginia 24595, and at additional mailing offices. 

Mullen; p. 34: courtesy of The Radcliffe Quarterly. Printed by The Reynolds Company. Charlottesville. Virginia 

"The 70' swill 
be Siveet 

Sweet Briar 
and Today 

by President Anne Gary Pannell 

An address to 
Sweet Briar alumnae: 
Alumnae Council, 
October 15, 1970 

These are the days when many of you present 
here for our 19th Alumnae Council would like to 
join me in wanting to "turn back the clock" to 
what were known as the good old days. Despite 
our usual human tendency to romanticize those 
good old days, all of us recognize the impact of 
"what has come before" on what we and the 
world now are. 

Each year, each decade in Sweet Briar's his- 
tory has been significant in its own way. Each 
has had its problems, challenges, encouragements, 
and moments of monumental achievement. 

While I really cannot remember all the details 
of Sweet Briar in 1950 except to recall that 
there were open spaces where now we have build- 
ings, I do recall the singing — when Dr. Connie 
and Miss Glass came to visit, the students sere- 
naded. I recall the many groups who came to 
breakfast and supper . . . the walks to the Monu- 
ment . . . the 18th-Century dinner in the Refec- 
tory . . . the field trips to Winterthur and Colonial 
Williamsburg where alumnae welcomed us . . . 
the faculty children, the hayrides . . . Miss Jessie 
Fraser in her Rembrandt hat . . . the campus 
visits by Indira Ghandi, Sir Richard Livingston, 
Arnold Toynbee ... I recall any triumph loved 
and warmly celebrated, thanks to the generosity 
of you and many others. 

In retrospect, I recall it was about as difficult 
to reach a decision about the location of Dew 
Dormitory — the first major campus building in 
about 35 years — as it was to raise the money to 
pay for it! And even then, Miss Glass didn't 
totally like the brick color. That concern for de- 
tail symbolizes the concern which people on and 
off this campus have for this College and its 

People care. Alumnae, parents, friends — many 
people are interested and personally involved in 
what goes on here. And that is how it should be. 

The fact that Sweet Briar is "people-centered" 
is the strength, the warmth, and the reason why 

The Booh Shop scene 20 years ago 

and Orientation '69 show that 

'Sweet Briar 1970 is not Siveet Briar 


these years have brought progress that need not 
be spelled out in detail for this group. You are 
responsible more than anyone else for the fact 
that Sweet Briar 1970 is not Siveet. Briar 1950. 

In terms of program, plant, personnel, there 
have been many changes — a great many changes 
— just as there have been changes in your family 
and mine over these last two decades. Yet, there 
are elements, basic elements, that have not 

I refer to the emphasis on quality and scholar- 
ship that has always been of central importance 
at Sweet Briar. I refer to the student-faculty 
friendships which endure far beyond merely a 
four-year span. I refer to the demonstrated faith 
that the parents of our students have in what 
this institution stands for. 

I refer especially to the fact that somehow we 
have held on to some of the cherished strengths, 
decorum and charm of this region in the South 
and yet have welcomed a less provincial, more 
international flavor to life and learning on this 

These lasting elements of the Sweet Briar you 
and I love, as well as an ever-needed flexibility 
that can bring "change for the better," are re- 
sponsible for my belief that the 70's will be 
Sweet Briar's greatest decade. 

No institution of higher education will be the 
same in 1980 as it is in 1970 because our world 
in 1980 will hopefully be a much better world, 
and a world at peace. Change is inevitable and it 
is my hope that the 50's and 60's have enabled 
Sweet Briar to be prepared in at least some im- 
portant respects for the years ahead. 

I must of course share with you my dream for 
Tomorrow's Siveet Briar: That dream, as many 
of you would guess, involves a stronger Sweet 
Briar in terms of curriculum, faculty salaries, 

endowment, a faculty enrichment program for 
travel and refreshment, and those many other 
things that we won't be able to see or touch — the 
intangible strengths, the bulwarks and ideals at 
the very heart of a college and a college educa- 

Brick and mortar projects are important. It is 
important that these projects be planned and 
executed on a good, solid basis, built to last. 
Thanks to you, the plant additions starting with 
Dew Dormitory are going to be here, serving stu- 
dents and faculty for a long time. My dreams for 
the College include both a learning center-lan- 
guage house, air-conditioned with a new infirm- 
ary; a fine joint nursery-kindergarten demon- 
stration school, and a psychology building. 

A uniquely favorable "environment for learn- 
ing," here on one of the nation's most beautiful 
and endearing campuses, is here for all future 
generations. My concern is that the learning — 
the teaching and the learning — achieve the new 
standards and insights that the 1970's and 1980's 
will demand. 

Sweet Briar's progress, more than ever, will 
be measured by the standards of scholarship and 
the kind of attention we give to the "life of the 
mind," and the moral and ethical standards we 
inculcate. Those students who will be coming 
here year after year will come not just for an 
education — but for a Sweet Briar education. 

We must be certain that their experiences here 
will be valid, exciting, mind-stretching! We must 
be certain that they get that extra "something" 
that they cannot get elsewhere. With good plan- 
ning and with special efforts to take advantage of 
the momentum achieved over more than six dec- 
ades, the future of the Sweet Briar you and I 
believe in will be guaranteed for many, many 
year to come! 

Twenty-one Years a President 

For a young man to attain the highest rank 
awarded him by the Boy Scouts of America — The 
Eagle — requires his earning 21 merit badges, 
among them Citizenship in the Community, Citi- 
zenship in the Home, and Citizenship in the Na- 

For a woman to attain the highest rank, by 
analogy, it takes 21 years. Because of her ex- 
quisite femininity, President Pannell is denied the 
coveted silver Eagle of the Scouts; yet her 21 
years at Sweet Briar entitle her to 21 merits, and 
many more as well. And those of us who have 
known her at Sweet Briar — alumnae, parents, 
friends, trustees, faculty, staff, and students — 
may indeed award her our own Eagle, because 
traditionally since ancient Roman days the eagle 
has symbolized strength, keenness of vision, and 
powers of flight. ("Powers of flight" meaning 
here the rare ability of one in high position in 
authority and responsibility to accept with grace 
and perception the vicissitudinous character of 
today's college campus and life style of its stu- 

Lest we soar into over-seriousness — President 
Pannell with her fun-loving nature should not 
want us to be ever-serious, even in the year of 
her retirement as President of Sweet Briar — let 
us see how we may award her an Eagle of her 

As a student and then teacher, she earns the 
merit, Scholarship. An undergraduate at Barnard 
College, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; she 
was awarded the Gerard Gold Medal in American 
History and the Barnard International Fellow- 
ship. At St. Hugh's College, Oxford University, 
where she was awarded the D. Phil, degree in 
1935, President Pannell wrote her doctoral dis- 
sertation on The Political and Economic Relations 
of English and American Quakers, 1750-1785. 
She then taught history at Alabama College for 
Women and at the University of Alabama. Before 
assuming the Presidency of Sweet Briar in 1950, 
she served as Professor of History and Dean at 
Goucher College. For ten years at Sweet Briar 
she taught a course in American Colonial History. 

As a wife and as a mother of two young sons, 
she certainly wins the badges of First Aid, 
Safety, Personal Finances, Citizenship in the 
Home, Pets, Dog Care, Insect Life, Stamp Col- 
lecting, Coin Collecting, perhaps Rabbit Raising 
(has any mother of young boys escaped such 
hobbies?), and we may even add Home Repairs to 
this category. In her book, The Story of Sweet 
Briar College, Martha Lou Lemmon Stohlman, 
'34, reports that President Pannell is the College's 
first president "to tour campus, at her son's invi- 
tation, on the back seat of a motor-scooter." For 
this accomplishment, the President deserves the 
Scout Certificate for Heroism, awarded when 
"risk is involved." 

As President of Sweet Briar, she wins the 
badges, American Business and Sales77ianship. 
During her administration, Sweet Briar's endow- 



Gary Pannell 

in 1950, the 

year she came 

to Sweet 


Bradford Bachrach 

ment has increased sixfold, from a book value of 
$995,827 in 1950-51 to $6,400,000 in 1970. Much 
of this increase may be attributed to the Presi- 
dent's untiring efforts and personal salesmanship 
in attracting gifts and grants from individuals, 
corporations and foundations. Among the latter 
are grants from the Mary Reynolds Babcock 
Foundation, for the Fine Arts Center; from the 
Ford Foundation, for Asian Studies; from the 
Charles A. Dana Foundation, for library expan- 
sion and for four Dana Professorships; from the 
Watson Foundation, for the Chapel; from the 
James Foundation, for the science building; from 
the Kellogg Foundation, for an Education Lab- 
oratory Library; from the Kresge Foundation, 
for a professorship in religion and for completion 
of the Chapel. In the last 20 years, scholarship 
endowment has grown from $74,000 to $1,273,000. 

As an honorary member of our Alumnae As- 
sociation, President Pannell has spoken to us 
many times over the years, always with affection 
and with appreciation of alumnae support; and 
for her words of encouragement she deserves the 
merit, Public Speaking. To her persuasive powers 
as a speaker in Sweet Briar's interest can be 
attributed in large measure the fact that alum- 
nae giving for all purposes has increased from 
$19,000 in 1949-50 to $503,000 at the close of the 
last fiscal year. 

As administrator of the Sweet Briar plant. 
President Pannell wins the merits of Farm Man- 
agement. Dairying, Agriculture, Landscaping. 

On her tour of West Germany, 1953, President Pannell visits with a 
young student at Munich's Neues Real Gymnasium. 

The young student who 
sweeps snow at Barnard in 
1930 also sweeps off with 
honors, a Gold Medal, and 
a Fellowship 

By October, 1950, our First Lady is well up 
the ladder of success. Pictured are 
President Pannell and Joseph Gilchrist, 
Director of Natural Resources. 

Gardening , and Architecture. By far the greatest 
expansion of the physical plant since the early 
days of the College has taken place during her 
administration: the Meta Glass and Dew dormi- 
tories, the Mary Reynolds Bahcock Fine Arts 
Center, the Connie M. Guion Science Building, 
the Charles A. Dana Wing of the Mary Helen 
Cochran Library, the Sweet Briar Memorial 
Chapel, a new book shop, 12 faculty homes, and 
the Cornelia and Edward Thompson Wailes Col- 
lege Center. 

The new Scout badge, Computer, goes to the 
President not only because she took a one-week 
computer course at Ardsley House in New York 
State but also because her administration saw the 
establishment of the Educational Computer Center 
in Lynchburg, 1966, in cooperation with Lynch- 
burg College and Randolph-Macon College. 

Certainly because of her special concern and 
interest in the Mary Helen Cochran Library and 
because of her great personal enjoyment of books, 
the President more than deserves the Reading 
award. Since 1950-51, the Sweet Briar library 
collection has grown from 76,250 to approximately 
141,000 catalogued items. Departmental libraries 
in art and music are now housed in the Babcock 
Fine Arts Center; the science library is in the 
Guion Science Building. The Friends of the 
Library, organized in 1966, has enrolled members 
and stimulated gifts of some $16,000 worth of 
books which would otherwise have been beyond 
the library's budget. 

The President and the faculty determine the 
educational policies of the College. The curricu- 
lum in recent years has undergone several major 
revisions and has been enriched in several areas, 
notably in art and the sciences. (Thus our addi- 
tional merits: Sculpture, Art, Atomic Energy, 
Chemistry, Zoology.) A person vitally concerned 
with new ecological studies at Sweet Briar, Presi- 
dent Pannell earns the merits, Conservation of 
Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Soil 
and Water Conservation, Bird Study, and Nature. 
A new course at Sweet Briar (Conservation: 
Agenda for Tomorrow) reflects the President's 
and the faculty's serious concern with one of the 
nation's major problems. 

There is a Scout merit badge, World Brother- 
hood, and President Pannell has earned this: it 
was she in 1964 who was instrumental in the 
establishment of a United States-India Women's 
Colleges Faculty Exchange, involving more than 
a dozen American women's colleges and six col- 
leges in India. It was President Pannell who 
initiated the Asian Studies Program in I960, in 
cooperation with two nearby colleges and with 

Key women of Sweet Briar at the 

laying of the cornerstone of 

Dew Dormitory : left to 

right are Nan Hodges Powell, 

class of 1910, former member of 

the Board of Overseers; Mrs. 

William Dew; Kay Smith Schauer, 

'56, president of Student 

Government; President Pannell. 

For the Development Fund 50th Anniversary Campaign, 
1955, President Pannell receives gifts from Lewis 
Chambers, Betty Lyons, Aurelia Jones and Sterling Jones. 

Founders' Day, 1951 

the support of two three-year grants from the 
Ford Foundation. And it was President Pannell 
who extended the opportunities for foreign study 
(in England, Wales, Sweden, Japan, Switzerland, 
Germany, Austria, Spain, Greece, and Colombia) 
as well as continuing the program of the Sweet 
Briar Junior Year in France and the program of 
study at St. Andrews, Scotland. 

International recognition came to President 
Pannell in 1966, when the French government 
conferred on her its high Award, Commandeur 
de l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques. 

She has earned the merit, Citizenship in the 
Community, by the establishment of the Challenge 
Program in Amherst County, by the continuation 
of the annual Amherst County Day, by her chair- 
manship of the Amherst County Health and Wel- 
fare Council, indeed by her membership in the 
Amherst PTA, and by the initiation of sociological 
surveys in Amherst County this past summer. 

Citizenship in the Nation, without question, 
belongs to President Pannell. She is currently 
serving the third year of a four-year term as 
President of the American Association of Uni- 
versity Women. For more than a decade she has 
been a senator of the United Chapters of Phi 
Beta Kappa. She has been President of the As- 
sociation of Virginia Colleges and of the Southern 
Association of Colleges for Women ; vice chairman 
of the Board, American Council on Education; 
vice president of the Southern University Con- 
ference; member of the Ford International Fel- 
lowship Board and of the Scholarship Board, Ford 
Motor Company. She has been an officer, chair- 
man or member of many other organizations and 
a consultant for several State and federal com- 
missions, councils and conferences. In recognition 
of her leadership and service in many branches 
of higher education, she has received honorary 
degrees and citations from seven institutions. 

President Pannell is a Trustee of the Virginia 
Foundation for Independent Colleges, Phi Beta 
Kappa Foundation, Chatham Hall, and Barnard 

There is yet one more Scout merit that we deem 
fitting and appropriate for our President: because 
of her influence in the religious life of the College 
and because of her service as a director of the 
Episcopal Church Society for College Work, and 
because of her coming marriage to the Right 
Reverend George Taylor, Bishop of the Diocese of 
Easton, Maryland, we honor her with the God 
and Country Award of the Episcopal Church. 
The God and Country Award is the crusaders' 
shield; the upper left field holds nine white 
crosses, and the ribbon is red. 

President PannelPs 21 years at Sweet Briar 
have been marked by a crusading spirit, by im- 
measurable devotion to the College and to the 
community, and by total dedication to excellence 
in education. 

The men in our lives — the fathers of our Sweet 
Briar students, the husbands of our alumnae, the 
men of the College faculty and staff, the two sons 
of President Pannell — will truly understand the 
meaning and the worth and the honor symbolized 
by the silver Eagle of the Scouts. 

The women in our lives — those of the faculty 
and staff, the students and alumnae — may prefer 
a feminine tribute to our fifth President of Sweet 
Briar. We find such a tribute in the words of the 
Founders of the College: Rosam quae meruit 
ferat. "Let her who has earned it wear the rose." 

My Mother, 
the President 

by Clifton W. Pannell 

Gary and Cliff and a collie, part of the Sweet 
Briar scene in the 50's. 

Congratulations from Anne Gary 

Pannell and from Clifton Pannell are 

in order for Laurie deBuys 

Pannell, center, as she receives the 

B.A. degree, May 31, 1961,. 

Seen through the eyes of an 11 year-old boy 
who had just left the metropolitan atmosphere 
of urban Baltimore, Sweet Briar at mid-century, 
with its woodlands, farm, lake, was Nirvana 
delivered — especially when that boy's mother was 
President of all of it, and thus he could claim 
certain feudatory rights. AGP, for 'Mother' used 
in this context is awkward, seemed to relish with 
equal passion these rural delights, and the move 
to Virginia was for her both a homecoming and 
a promotion to a better job and domestic en- 

She plunged into her job with her usual vigor; 
instead of seeing her early in the morning and 
late in the evening, our custom in Baltimore, my 
brother and I were able to break into her Flet- 
cher office almost at will, and the three of us 
took our meals together as a family unit. Thus, 
the working widow and her two young sons 
again were able to function as do most other 

September arrived, and my brother went to 
prep school. I, the younger son, was able to stay 
home and attend a local school. AGP worked, 
and I played. The first year brought no major 
crises other than a few false fire alarms. These 
waked both of us and sent AGP scurrying around 
the campus to determine no damage had been 
done, and the campus police would try to find 
those responsible. 

AGP often travelled. At first, the trips were 
exciting; new friends were made; new contacts 
were established; sometimes, but by no means 
always, more foundation money was acquired for 
SBC. For her the challenge at Sweet Briar was 
clear. While progress could be seen in many ways 
— higher faculty salaries, a bigger library, more 
students, and a larger physical plant — every- 
thing was based on the need for more money. 
This in turn would permit physical expansion 
and growth of the College, but more important, 
promote continuing academic excellence. 

Sweet Briar's physical setting is a treasured 
asset. AGP has long taken a special interest and 
delight in this. Daily conversations with Messrs. 
Bowman Knuckles and Shaw while they water 
and tend flowers, a long walk down Woodland 
Road to look over progress on a new faculty 
home and to see the lake, a visit to a new building 
construction site — these have long been her main 
recreational activities. As almost every guest 
who has stayed at Sweet Briar House when AGP 
was there will attest, her special joy is to take 
a long drive around campus, to the dairy and 
stables, to Monument Hill, and frequently to the 
Sweet Briar Station and beyond, all the while 
extolling at length the beauties and advantages 
of Sweet Briar. 

Notwithstanding AGP's frequent comments 
that the College should not be measured by 
bricks and mortar, but rather in terms of the 
number of library books, student SAT scores, 
faculty salaries, academic programs, endowment, 
and student-teacher ratios, her deep interest and 
pride in the physical setting and plant at Sweet 
Briar have long been obvious. 

Children of academic people are barraged with 
books, and my brother and I were no exceptions. 
While I was forced to take violin and piano 
lessons, for which I exhibited a complete lack of 
talent and enthusiasm, generally AGP did not 
force us to study academic subjects which she 

This 1970 photo of 
Clifton and Laurie anc 
their children, 
Alexander' and 
Richard, was taken 
in Tahvan, where 
Clifton is continuing 
his graduate study. 

Gary, Anne Gary, and Clifton Pannell, 1950 

Bradford Bachrach 

personally considered best. Her approach was to 
urge us to pursue those academic paths which 
we liked best and seemed to respond to, yet al- 
ways reminding us of the importance of achieve- 
ment and academic excellence. Her own example 
as a student, teacher, and scholar was probably 
my most important object lesson. After I reached 
college, I began to understand her message as 
she lived it. Books, ideas, and education are the 
important things in life, and these are the tools 
for success and happiness in our present age. 

Life at Sweet Briar House is college life 
whether college is in session or not. For AGP 
the summers are spent worrying about next fall's 
enrollment, a full faculty and staff, and whether 
the construction projects underway will meet 
their deadlines. School-year weekends and holi- 
days are breathers, spent trying to catch up on 
work piled up during her travels, relaxing with 
a good mystery story, and organizing herself for 
the days ahead. A College guest might be pres- 
ent, her son and his college friends might bring 
their Sweet Briar dates, a Sweet Briar student 
might have been in a traffic accident or become 
involved in a riot in a distant city. At a large 
university, the administrative head may not be- 
come involved in mundane and personal prob- 
lems, but at SBC, small and rural as it is, these 
problems invariably find their way to Sweet 
Briar House, and there, AGP fidgets and agonizes 
over them. 

On the personal side, AGP can be tough, 
shrewd, and an unpleasant opponent — as her as- 
sociates and subordinates might admit. Such 
qualities are, in part, born of necessity, for no 
successful administrator can be a nice guy all 
the time. Underneath, however, she is thought- 

ful, generous, and kind. Failure to do a job 
properly or on time, though adequate instruc- 
tions might not have been given, will earn the 
offender sharp words at least and a severe 
dressing-down at worst. Later, there will be 
amends; and birthdays and holidays are always 
remembered, while sadness and tragedy among 
associates are shared at a personal level. 

Undoubtedly the most difficult and painful 
years for AGP have been in the past decade. 
Sit-ins, riots, student unrest and strikes, radical 
changes in social behavior and attitudes — all of 
these have weighed heavily on her. Her personal 
views on most, if not all, of these questions, are 
liberal. Moreover, she assumes much responsi- 
bility for events at SBC on a personal basis, 
when in fact the cause is social change for which 
she is no more responsible than her five year-old 

For 20 years her life has been Sweet Briar 
College; its successes and its failures are and 
have been hers, so too its joys and sadnesses. Re- 
cently, I received a letter from my mother, AGP, 
which brought the news of her intention to re- 
tire in 1971. This was no surprise. But added to 
the letter was a paragraph informing me that, 
after 24 years of widowhood, she had received a 
serious proposal which she considered worthy, 
and she now intended to remarry. She was great- 
ly looking forward to her retirement years and 
a new life. 

Having always suspected that women are un- 
predictable — and especially those associated with 
women's colleges — as her son, I could only re- 
cover from my surprise sufficiently to wish her 
every happiness and Godspeed in the years ahead. 

Speaking at Commencement 1965 is President 

Pannell, "one who has, in her concern for 

us, and this institution, been the best 

of friends." 

Our Friend, 
the President 

by Eleanor- D. Barton 
Professor of Art 

Everyone knows that college presidents simply 
do not have friends in the faculty; to use the 
words faculty, president, and friendship in the 
same sentence is a patent contradiction in terms. 
Mercifully for Sweet Briar College, Everyone is 

Anne Gary Pannell and her faculty have in 
fact known and enjoyed over the years a very 
real and lively friendship. On this premise 
Heaven knows we have held to tradition by argu- 
ing very briskly, battling mightily over every 
conceivable academic and domestic issue — 
sometimes, I now realize, for the sheer love of 
the battle with a really worthy contender. 

Speaking as one member of the faculty I con- 
fess chagrin in remembering how often time has 
proved me wrong and the President right since 
her judgments, unlike my divinely-inspired ones, 
were based on what we used to call the realities 
of the situation. Delightfully maddening as it 
has been — so to be reminded of the facts of life 
— it has never been possible to do other than en- 
joy the superlative paradox whereby the gen- 
erous instincts of our President as a person and 
a friend have given lie to all abstract theories 
of efficient administration. 

In theory no efficient administrator has time 
for the private woes or joys of members of the 
faculty. In fact, our President has been incredibly 
sensitive to the human situation of every 
wretched one of us; quick to respond with per- 
ceptive sympathy and help when that has been 
needed or with warm appreciation when some- 
thing has actually gone well. 

In my book a real administrator, as distinct 
from a merely efficient one, is prepared to take 
the blame and give the credit. President Pannell 
has somehow been able to be philosophical about 
taking far more than her fair share of blame, 
yet has never sought nor apparently even ex- 
pected to receive any commendation. The latter 
she has instinctively turned over to any willing 
recipients; usually members of a faculty never 
loathe to hear the kind words appropriate to our 
remarkable individual and collective qualities. 

In being, then, a real administrator, Anne 
Pannell has been much more of a friend than 
any of us has deserved, but, as in any friendship 
there can be no "Quid Pro Quo," we can now 
only continue to be our characteristic selves. 

As such we are full of a selfish and positively 
un-Christian envy of the members of the Diocese 
of Easton, Maryland. They will have the great 
good fortune of coming to know and value as 
we do one who has, in her concern for us and 
for this institution, been the best of friends. We 
shall miss her more than she can possibly realize. 

My Neighbor, 
the President 

by Elizabeth Bond Wood, '34 
Director of Alumnae Affairs 


How does one go about describing in print 
one's only neighbor especially if she is also, in 
fact, one's boss? It's hard to do without becom- 
ing personal and a bit sentimental. If she were 
not going to read this I might include some 
anecdotes and observations that would make the 
best reading and illustrate facets of the person- 
ality of Sweet Briar's First Lady that few real- 
ize exist and which would amaze and delight the 
students who see her only as "The President" or 
"The Administration". So how to begin? 

First, Mrs. Pannell is intensely family oriented 
and her voice takes a different tone when she 
says "my Aunt Alma" or "my Uncle Eugene 
Gary" or "my Cousin Ruth", for she, like all true 
Southerners claims kin with the remotest of con- 
nection, even third cousins twice removed. Al- 
though an only child herself her father, Alex- 
ander Henry Gary was the eldest of twelve 
children and her mother, Anne Roche Thomas 
had two brothers and seven sisters. 

These myriad of uncles and aunts and as- 
sorted relatives were intensively proud of their 
"little girl", as they affectionately called her, 
but they seemed slightly surprised that she was 
"The President". They came often for visits — 
short ones and lengthy ones — and despite the de- 
mands of her position and her official duties she 
made them feel completely welcome and acted 
as if she had endless time to devote to their 
concerns, whether it be the closing of the family 
home in Botetourt County after the deaths of two 
aunts or the unrequited love affair of a young 
cousin. Her juggling of family visitors and of- 
ficial college guests in Sweet Briar House was 
a marvel to watch and though she was never 
confused, I'm sure many of the guests had diffi- 
culty in sorting out who was who and why as 
they gathered around the large round table in 
the Sweet Briar dining room and were waited 
upon by Reuben Higgenbottom, the gentleman 
who served the presidents of Sweet Briar College 
for almost forty years. 

No picture of Anne Pannell would be at all 
complete without mentioning her insatiable fas- 
cination with the printed word and her ability 
to read with startling rapidity and almost total 
periodicals of all descriptions and it is a rare in- 

dex card for any new book in the library that 
doesn't have the name Pannell at the top. 

The travelling schedule which Mrs. Pannell 
has maintained would have literally killed most 
people, but never have I been over sympathic 
when people have murmured solicitously, "My 
dear, you go much too hard." Having been her 
companion on many trips I know that she is the 
world's best traveller. 

Now that I've started it's hard to stop. It's 
fun to recall the countless evenings we have 
spent agreeing and disagreeing (at times rather 
vociferously) on every subject imaginable but 
especially about the College which has been the 
absorbing interest in both our lives for so long. 
She often told me I was naive and gullible; I 
would tell her she was stubborn and opininated 
and we would accuse each other of having no 
perception about people, but we always ended in 
laughing at ourselves. There's much to remem- 
ber. I know the experiences we have shared in 
raising our children will be the ones that will 
always be the most vivid. We enjoy laughing 
now about those long cold waits in the Monroe 
Station for the 2:00 a.m. train to bring them 
back from prep school at vacation times; the 
time Clifton got bit by the rattlesnake; the mid- 
night dash to the hospital with Lisa Wood's 
appendicitis; the forbidden beer party we found 
them having when we returned unexpectedly 
from a trip; our combined efforts in making 
them escort the unattractive (in their eyes) 
debutantes whose names were invariably on 
their invitations. We shared disappointments 
when their academic achievements didn't meet 
our expectations and we rejoiced together when 
they all five finally graduated from college and 
some even from graduate school. We wonder now 
why we disapproved of some of their friends, as 
they seem so conservative and proper when 
viewed by today's young. We relive the fun of 
their weddings and the receptions in the Box- 
wood Circle where now our children's children 

Others will chronicle and recall her honors, her 
accomplishments, her achievements for this Col- 
lege but to me she seems truly herself just as 
"The loved neighbor next door." 

A Definition 
of Courage 

by Nida Tomlin Watts, 'hO 

Member of the Board of Overseers, 1963-1969 

Have you ever longed to know the meaning of 
every word in a dictionary? I did, until I realized 
that some of our strongest words, such as 
courage, are not deeply understood unless it is 
possible to see another person living the com- 
plete definition of a word. 

In my mind, "courage" is reserved for Presi- 
dent Pannell, especially during the years 1963- 
1967 at Sweet Briar College, when the Board of 
Directors and the Board of Overseers decided to 
take legal action in regard to the reinterpretation 
of the will of Indiana Fletcher Williams, 
Founder of Sweet Briar College. The purpose of 
this litigation was to permit the College to 
operate and grow in overall excellence: this 
meant that a restricted admissions policy must 
be examined and changed. 

Throughout this trying period, Mrs. Pannell 
kept the future welfare of Sweet Briar always 
foremost in her mind and heart. She did not 
waiver in her personal decision, which must have 
been a very difficult one, because she understood 
all aspects of the situation. Her decision involved 
losing some friends, or at least causing a change 
in relationships, accepting often ignorant criti- 
cism, explaining graciously to many persons the 
necessity of Sweet Briar's action and enduring 
the uncertainty of when or how the litigation 
would ever end. 

Along with the time devouring, emotional in- 
volvement with the case, Mrs. Pannell carried on 
with her other manifold duties as President, plus 
her dedicated efforts to raise funds. The latter 
would have been an impossible task to most per- 
sons, because Sweet Briar then, in money-seeking 
was practically like an untouchable. Many giving 
channels, both large and small, were closed to 
us either temporarily or permanently. 

Nevertheless, President Pannell went on try- 
ing to get financial support for the College. 
Again, this was a large lesson in courage to the 
rest of us. To me, her actions reemphasized the 
belief that perhaps courage is primarily moral 
courage, an inner conviction developed through 
an individual's own strength and efforts. 

Even this splendid quality is helped in its 
maintenance by humor. Mrs. Pannell could still 
laugh. Seeing her on campus, during a particu- 
larly arduous week, I complimented her on her 

President Pannell speaking at the Moravian 
Seminary for Girls in June 1967, one month 
before the Court's favorable decision was 

appearance in a hyacinth blue suit. She smiled 
and said, "I'm leaving for an important appoint- 
ment. My beggar's cup might be old and fre- 
quently almost empty, but the suit is new and 
I'm glad you like it." 

We agreed that women should try to at least 
look their best whether it be for a fruitless trip, 
the guillotine or even jail, where I once dreamed 
all the Board was going. I think my cell-mate 
in the dream was Judy Burnett! 

On July 17, 1967, it was with untold relief 
for President Pannell and everyone else, includ- 
ing of course, our brilliant and generous lawyer. 
Mr. Frank Davidson of Lynchburg, that the 
Court's favorable decision was made known. 

Yes, President Pannell did have the support of 
many faculty members, students, alumnae, and 
other friends, but it was her own courage which 
sustained her. Her example proved that courage 
is the "basic virtue for everyone so long as he 
continues to grow, to move ahead"; it is, as Ellen 
Glasgow said, "the only lasting virtue." But who 
needs even that quotation or a dictionary with 
our living lesson in courage, Anne Pannell? 


Our First Lady, the President 

by Peter V. Daniel 

Assistant to the President and Treasurer 


Sitting at my desk in a bank in Richmond 16% 
years ago, I had difficulty trying to visualize 
the appointment on my calendar, for it was to 
be with the President of Sweet Briar College. 

I knew very little about Sweet Briar, and less 
about college presidents, and had assumed until 
then that they were men. But my wife and I had 
good friends who were Sweet Briar graduates, 
and we knew how much they loved their college; 
so it didn't surprise me when I found that this 
President was a charming and gracious lady who 
was obviously able to charm the fuzz off a peach 
and one who could inspire others who met her. 
I became Treasurer and her Assistant at Sweet 
Briar, and from that day on, my conscious and 
sub-conscious mind has been infiltrated by Sweet 
Briar's goals and purposes and future, and by 
the same processes of thought, by Mrs. Pannell. 

The fall of 1954 was unbelievable. Benjamin 
Fairless of the United States Steel Corporation 
was coming to Sweet Briar on behalf of the Vir- 
ginia Foundation for Independent Colleges — and 
that was the time Hurricane Hazel had vented 
her wrath on one of the oldest buildings, the Re- 
fectory, and had sounded its death knell. The Re- 
fectory creaked, and Mrs. Pannell and I were told 
that it was unsafe for occupancy as it presently 
stood. The night before Mr. Fairless arrived, 
steel beams were stamped with USS, and Mr. 
Fairless gave $12,000, which was a great impetus 
for the fledgling Foundation which now raises 
over $1,000,000 annually for its 12 colleges and 
universities. Mrs. Pannell has seen the Founda- 
tion grow from its inception and she is greatly 
responsible for its ranking as the number one 
association of its kind in the nation. President 
Pannell showed her talent as a masterful fund- 
raiser from the very start. Whether tackling 

thick-skinned industrialists and corporations for 
the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges 
or raising dollars for Sweet Briar alone she 
operated with charm and persuasiveness. 

We shared a common interest that was very 
close to both of us. The problems of bringing up 
active young sons at a woman's college in rural 
Virginia was not an easy one. And I was very 
grateful to have the advantages of Mrs. Pan- 
ell's experiences. There were times when her off- 
spring tested their mother to the fullest, but she 
proved her gameness. When Cliff bought a motor- 
cycle, it only seemed fitting that Mother should 
climb on the back seat and try it out! And then 
there was the time that Gary took pity on a 
beloved, but portly visitor, and pulled him bodily 
through the narrow front door of Sweet Briar 
House. Mrs. Pannell was a welcome source with 
much appreciated advice as our two sons followed 
Gary and Cliff into the teens and advanced in 
their educational careers. 

Lydia and I will miss both our business and 
pleasure trips with Mrs. Pannell. She is a well- 
informed and pleasant person to be with on any 
occasion, but on a trip, she is especially so. No 
one has more interesting facts about the sur- 
render at Appomattox, or the history of Virginia 
and Colonial America. 

I can only express my gratitude to this gracious 
lady for her patience with my impatience, her 
kindnesses to my family and to me, and her real 
desire to try to understand the world of the com- 
puter, building blueprints, masculine cussedness, 
or an unremitting business world. She has 
challenged my mind and abilities to bring the 
best to Sweet Briar, which she, by her leadership 
has done. 

To recognize her leadership in higher education ayid her bringing "the best to Sweet 
Briar," President Pannell is awarded the Honorary Degree Litt.D., from Flora Stone 
Mather College, Cleveland, 1963. 


The Meaning of Music 

If you were in Vienna in 1970 you 
could buy chocolate cakes iced with 
the first four notes of Beethoven's 
Fifth Symphony; if you have $299.50 
you can order the Beethoven 12- 
album, 75-record set offered by Deut- 
sche Grammophon Gesellschaft; if 
your husband likes unusual neckwear 
you can buy a wide tie featuring a 
sketch of Beethoven; if your teen- 
agers play pop records, you can hear 
Miguel Rios singing "A Song of Joy," 
taken from Ode to Joy in the Finale 
of Beethoven's Ninth; if you read 
Peanuts, you know that Lucy said to 
Schroeder, "Beethoven never would 
have made it in Nashville!" 

Well, we all made it in 1970, made 
it through all the commercial hoopla 
occasioned by the 200th anniversary 
of Beethoven's birth. The meanings 
of music are many, one obviously be- 
ing financial. 

Our pitch is not commercial, and 
we elect to say "Happy Birthday, dear 
Ludwig" first of all by re-reading 
J.W.N. Sullivan's Beethoven: His 
Spiritual Development, which we read 
about 25 years ago in Music 21-22. 
Looking again at the book, we find 
one statement (by Ernest Newman) 
that especially holds us: "It is the 
peculiarity of Beethoven's imagina- 
tion that again and again he lifts us 
to a height from which we revaluate 
not only all music but all life, all 
emotion, and all thought." 

Still, who can define or measure the 
meaning of music? All we can say is 
music, like poetry, is its own meaning. 

We celebrate the Beethoven Bicen- 
tennial by celebrating our own Sweet 
Briar Department of Music, its fac- 
ulty and students and alumnae, trying 
to discover the meanings of music in 
the life of a liberal arts college and in 
the lives of our alumnae, particularly 
in the lives of our alumnae who ma- 
jored in music during 1960-1970. 

Our music majors of this decade 

continue to major — or minor — in 
music in many ways, from playing 
the role of Dream Sharon in a road 
show to acquiring a Ph.D. degree in 

Dream Sharon, in real life, is Glory 
McRae, '67, of Jacksonville, Pla. She 
is 5' IVz" , 125 lbs. and blonde: such 
statistics alone might possibly win her 
the provocative role of Dream in 
David S. Merrick's Broadway produc- 
tion of Woody Allen's comedy, Play it 
Again, Sam. We suspect it takes 
more than a face and figure to land 
any role in a Merrick production ; and 
we know that Glory, now on a 12-city 
tour in that play, is equipped with 
other equally-important assets — name- 
ly, a degree from Sweet Briar, further 
study at The American Academy of 
Dramatic Arts in New York, profes- 
sional training in stock theatres in 
North Carolina, California, and Vir- 
ginia, and work in industrial films and 
in television. 

While a Sweet Briar student, Glory 
one summer sang first soprano in the 
Jacksonville Opera Association's Pag- 
gliacci. "After graduating from Sweet 
Briar," she writes, "I went to Europe, 
then became a social worker for four 
months, finally going to New York to 
become an actress-singer." She has 
performed in three off-Broadway 
shows, having the lead in the musical, 
A Nice Place to Visit. "I've been do- 
ing both musical comedy and straight 
comedy," she adds, "and am now 
studying acting with George Morrison 
and voice with Derek Blythe." 

Among our music majors who have 
earned the Master's degree in Musi- 
cology is Judy Greer Schulz, '61, 
Fairfax, Va. Judy received her Mas- 
ter's in 1969 from the American Uni- 
versity, where she "especially enjoyed 
editing and translating a 12th-century 
liturgical drama as my thesis. Of 
course," she writes, "I still cherish the 
hours of piano practice years ago in 

the old white frame building at SBC 
with Iren Marik close by." 

Another alumna who writes of her 
appreciation of her music education 
at Sweet Briar is Toni Wikswo, '68, 
Syracuse, N.Y. "I have found that 

Glory McRae, '67. 

my background at Sweet Briar has 
given me an adequate foundation for 
the future. After graduating, I was 
fortunate enough to continue my or- 
gan studies with Marie-Claire Alain 
in Paris. Mile. Alain, a world-re- 
nowned organist ('the greatest woman 
organist,' declares Miss Umbreit) , is 
in demand as a performer as well as 
a teacher. It was absolutely fantastic 
studying under one as important, vi- 
vacious and enthusiastic as Mile. 
Alain. The materialization of this op- 
portunity may be accredited to Mr. 
Shannon, who inspired me to further 

Toni returned to the States in 1969 
to begin graduate study at Syracuse 
Universitv. "Mile. Alain recommended 


Toni Wikswo, '68. 

that I continue my musical education 
at this institution, under Donald 
Sutherland. . . . Last year I gave re- 
citals at the University and in the 
nearby area. This April I shall per- 
form my Master's recital. I just 
wish," Toni ends, "to say thank you 
to our Sweet Briar faculty!" 

Soprano Beth Gaivthrop Riely, '67, 
daughter of Betsy Campbell Gaw- 
throp, '39, describes the meaning of 
music in her life in a letter which we 
quote, as we believe Beth's career 
gives encouragement to music majors 
in any liberal arts college: "After 
graduating from SBC I went to The 
New England Conservatory to work 
for a Master of Music in Voice. 
Though I was well-prepared academ- 
ically and warned about the competi- 
tion, the reality of living in a world 
where everyone does music all the time 
was a shock. We musicians from 
upper-middle Waspish backgrounds 
are used to being defensive about our 
music, but here people arranged their 
entire lives around their music. 

"The opportunity to 'live' with 
music was most rewarding. I had 
some fine teachers. Lav Vrbanic, head 
of the Voice Department at Zagreb 
Conservatory (a colleague of Antonio 
Janigro and Zinka Milanov), gave me 
a voice lesson every school-day. I sang 

in Lorna Cooke deVaron's chorus and 
performed The Creation with the 
Boston Symphony under Leinsdorf . . . . 
Besides individual coaching, choral 
conducting, theory, and interpretive 
analysis classes, there were innumer- 
able concerts — and of course the end- 
less shop talk among the students. 

"While at The Conservatory I lived 
in Cambridge and sang daily with the 
Harvard University Choir. The mem- 
bers were largely graduate and un- 
dergraduate students in other fields. 
Since I can't live by music alone, I 
felt they helped me to keep my sanity \- 

"Two summers ago I married a 
graduate student at Penn and began 
teaching at the Shipley School, Bryn 
Mawr. I am now also studying voice 
with Madame Euphemia Giannini 
Gregory, the head of the Voice De- 
partment at the Curtis Institute and 
the teacher of Anna Moffo. ... I do 
not want to be entirely in either aca- 
demic or performing music and hope 
to straddle the two. 

"Since Sweet Briar I have given a 
number of song recitals, including one 
at Sweet Briar with Mr. Gilpin two 
springs ago, and a recital in 1970 at 
Dickinson College, where I sang selec- 
tions from Purcell, Haydn, Mozart, 
Schubert, Poulenc, and Puccini. 

"Shortly I'll be singing soprano 
solos with the Philadelphia Chamber 
Chorus, conducted by William Reese 
of the Haverford music faculty. I'll 
be doing Carissimi's Jepthe, a cantata 
by Hugo Distler, and a piece by a 
contemporary composer, Lenel, also 
neo-Baroque. I prefer art songs, ora- 
torio, and chamber music singing to 
opera because vocally and tempera- 
mentally I am more suited to that. 
Also, I can arrange my music to fit 
my life. I am not willing to spend 
years in road companies and obscure 
opera groups, and I can't zip off to 
Europe. I am not going to sacrifice 
my personal life for the hope of glory. 

"Meanwhile all sorts of auditions, 
dashed hopes, the stability of a teach- 
ing job (a chorus and a madrigal 
group, an appreciation course and 
general music classes) and an en- 
couraging and patient husband — these 
sustain me. Fortunately, my reward 
is the music itself." 

Another Sweet Briar singer, Mary 
Denny Scott Reid, '61, daughter of 
Buford Scott, former member of 

Judith Greer Schulz, '61, with 
Stephen, Cecily (6), and Garth (/,) . 

Sweet Briar's Board of Overseers, 
writes that living in New York has 
meant high enjoyment of its opera 
and symphony, enjoyment resulting 
from her college music education. "As 
for my being musical, I play the piano 
for my children and my own pleasure. 
For five years I have sung in the Can- 
terbury Choral Society. We sing three 
big concerts a year, now doing Honeg- 
ger's King David. In May we'll do 
Bach's B minor Mass." 
Studying voice at the University of 


The Meaning of Music 

Tennessee is Leslie Jean Huber, '67, 
who in 1970 completed the course 
work for her Master's in Musicology. 

Sally Tivedell Bagley, '67, a recip- 
ient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 
received the Master of Arts degree in 
Music from the University of Vir- 
ginia, 1970. "The title of my thesis," 
Sally writes, "is John Powell: Folk 
Musician. Powell was a 20th-century 
Virginia composer. I concentrated on 
Powell's use of folk music in his in- 
strumental compositions. In 1968-69 
I was a student assistant to Ernest 
C. Mead, Jr., chairman of the music 
department at The University in 
Charlottesville." Now living in St. 
Louis, Sally is doing volunteer work 
for Young Audiences, observing and 
evaluating concerts given in the 
schools. "It has been a wonderful and 
enlightening experience," she writes. 

Graduate study and continuing edu- 
cation, we note throughout this alum- 
nae report, is a way of life for several 
of our music majors of the 60's. We 
have Diana Nalley Coates, '61, of 
Louisville, who earned a Master's de- 
gree in psychology; Nancy Billiard 
Reed, '66, of Richmond with a Mas- 
ter's degree in music; Jane Illing- 
worth, '69, working on a Ph.D. at the 
University of North Carolina; Alice 
McEldowney Jones, '65, of Wilming- 
ton with a degree in Music Education 
from the University of Pittsburgh. 
And from the class of 1970 we have 
Tracy Savage doing graduate work in 
music at Southern Methodist and Ann 
Tedards studying for the Master's de- 
gree at the University of North Caro- 

Teaching is a meaning of music for 
many of our music majors: Patricia 
Collyer Zavitz, '60, has been teaching 
at the Greenwich Academy in Con- 
necticut; Ann Mathews, '69, is teach- 
ing junior high school music in Char- 
lotte, N.C., under the MAT program 
from the University of North Caro- 

Sally Twedell Bagley, '67. 

lina; Wick Nalle Walker, '66, who is 
teaching in Palo Alto, Calif., com- 
ments: "I have always wanted to 
teach children, so when I graduated 
and came here to live I went back to 
school because California requires 30 
graduate-hours for a teaching creden- 
tial. I've taught sixth grade and love 
it! I teach music, and without my 
musical background at Sweet Briar I 
would be lost. 

"I can see why so many teachers 
don't teach music. They never learned 
the basics and don't know how or 
what to do. Most schools are sadly 
deficient in musical training for chil- 
dren; yet I think basic music skills 
are a valuable asset for everyone. 

"I had a chance to do something 
about this problem this summer. My 
district organized a summer school 
enrichment program. I taught a 
course in basic music theory with 
some music appreciation thrown in. 
Each day for two hours, for four 
weeks, I had 40 kids together. They 
learned to sight-read simple tunes, to 
recognize key signatures, to beat time 
patterns, to know Beethoven from 

Teaching music in Fredericksburg, 
Va., is Caroline Jones, '69, who re- 
ports that "the tuned bells and the 
autoharp are on 440 pitch, but the 
piano is fiat and the tamborines have 
holes and the jingle sticks have flying 
heads!" Caroline, whose music classes 
are kindergarten through third grade, 
teaches nine classes a day and plans 
the musical assembly and "endless 
bulletin boards." However, she adds, 
"I thoroughly enjoy my work and its 
independence. It's great to recall my 
music from Sweet Briar, and next 
semester I hope to bring to the second 
and third grades such advanced sub- 
jects as instruments and composers." 

Suzanne Faneher, '65, Altus, Okla., 
writes, "I have made continuous use 
of my SBC class notebooks in my 
graduate courses. I've had alot of fun 
with music, teaching it in the public 
schools and continuing to study it. In 
1965 I taught music to 150 children 
in the first Head Start program in 
Altus ... I have taught piano and 
voice and music in a high school here, 
where I organized both a senior and 
junior high school mixed chorus and 
a girls' ensemble modelled after the 
Sweet Tones." Suzanne has performed 
as guest artist with the McDowell 
Club of Allied Arts; she has worked 
as a judge of the Oklahoma Music 
Teachers Association piano contests; 
she has played piano in the Twelve 
Piano Festival; and she was soprano 
soloist in the Altus Civic Chorus pre- 


sentation of the Easter portion of 
The Messiah. 

During the summers 1966-70, Suz- 
anne has been working on her Mas- 
ter's degree in Music at North Texas 
State University. "I am planning to 
give a graduate voice recital next 
spring or summer," she writes. "I 
have belonged to outstanding church 
choirs and Civic Choruses in Amarillo 
and in Dallas. In addition, I am the 
foreign correspondent for a London 
newspaper, reporting on the Dallas 
Symphony. ... I cannot really ex- 
press my appreciation to all the Sweet 

Bradford Bachrach 

Elizabeth Gawthrop Riely, '67. 

Briar music faculty for making it 
possible for me to do almost every- 
thing I have wanted to do in music. 
It is easy for a musician to love music, 
but it is much harder to love student- 
musicians — and I thank our SBC 
music faculty for that, above all." 

Who would think that music and 
computer-programming have some- 
thing in common? They do, says Ann 
P. Winfree, '66, of Roanoke. A Junior 

Analyst in Computer Services for the 
Norfolk & Western RR, Ann tells us 
that "the same sorts of logic that are 
used in composition and compositional 
analyses are used in the computer 
work. In this aspect my musical back- 
ground at Sweet Briar has helped 

Combining a business career and 
music is Lee Daughtridge Turner, '64, 
Administrative Secretary to the Presi- 
dent of the Indiana University Foun- 
dation in Bloomington, Ind. A grad- 
uate of Sweet Briar and Katharine 
Gibbs, Lee went to I.U. three years 
ago when her husband began his doc- 
toral studies there. "Jack is conductor 
for many community musical activi- 
ties, and of course I have stayed with 
music by singing with as well as for 
him. I have enjoyed solo work with 
his 35-member church choir and have 
sung Handel's Messiah, Britten's A 
Ceremony of Carols, and Brahms' 

"For the past two Christmases," 
Lee writes, "I've been a member of a 
select 24-voice madrigal group, which 
has performed six Christmas dinners 
in medieval costume, singing fanfares 
and performing an 18-number concert 
during the course of one evening. I 
have enjoyed the 'professionalism' of 
this group as well as the stimulation 
of working with accomplished ama- 
teurs. During the summers, '65 and 
'66, I performed in summer stock 
theatres at Longwood Gardens, Pa., 
one role being in Kismet." 

Lynne Gardner Miller, '68, writes 
from Norfolk, "Wherever I have been 
I have taken voice lessons. While in 
Lexington I returned to SBC to con- 
tinue studying with Mr. Gilpin. In 
Charleston, S.C., I studied with Ver- 
non Weston, head of the Charleston 
opera company. There in Charleston 
I was cast as the lead in an opera. 
Unfortunately, the opera had to be 
postponed — I begged off because I 

Patricia Collyer Zavitz, '60, with her 
father the late Bud Collyer, 
TV personality. 

would have been seven months preg- 
nant, going on eight, and somehow I 
couldn't see my playing the part of a 
young innocent girl experiencing" her 
first romance! 

"In Norfolk I begin voice lessons in 
January, '71, when I become an 'un- 
classified' student at Old Dominion, 
taking one music course and voice 
lessons, plus participating in their 
opera workshop and chorus. Event- 
ually I hope to be somewhere long 
enough to get my Master's; all de- 
pends on the Navy ... I am not so 
active as I would wish, but I have not 
entirely quit. I sing a mean tune in 
the shower and my lullabies are in- 
comparable. At least my daughter 
thinks so. . . ." 

We think so too. We think the 
meanings of music are incomparable 
and important, whether they be lulla- 
bies for babies or Ph.D. degrees for 

We think the meanings of music 
are very real in the lives of our music 
majors of the 60's and 50's, 40's and 
30's and in the lives of all of us — 
music majors or not — who have dis- 
covered what music brings "to all life, 
all emotion, and all thought." 


Under the Baton of 
Mr. Gilpin 

by Lucile Umbreit 

Professor of Music 

Professor of Music, G. Noble Gilpin 

Laudate Dominum in Sanctis ejus: Laudate eum 
in firmamento virtutis ejus. Psalm CL, Verse 1. 

Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, which in- 
cludes a setting of the above verse, was performed 
by the Sweet Briar Choir in the Mary Reynolds 
Babcock auditorium with the Brown University 
Glee Club in April, 1964. It was in the great 
choral tradition, the tradition of the Schubert 
Mass in G, The Handel Dettingen Te Deum, The 
Vivaldi Gloria, The Bach Magnificat, and the 
Schiitz German Requiem, all of which were per- 
formed by the Sweet Briar Choir in the last 
decade, among many, many other works, under 
the baton of Mr. Gilpin. 

These programs reflect the rising interest in 
the Baroque as well as in the twentieth century. 
No longer is Messiah the only "old" work! And 
no longer is Debussy the twentieth-century fav- 
orite. The stark neo-classic style of Stravinsky 
seems to have something to do with today's youth. 
The neo-classic Symphony of Psalms is probably 
the greatest sacred work of our century, and it 
was possible to perform it here! 

Why have a Schubert Mass in G or indeed any 
mass? It is time now, one is old enough, to experi- 
ence the meaning of the Ordinary of the Mass, 
and to understand its place in the history of 
Western civilization, perhaps one could say its 
historicity. The same can be said for a Te Deum. 
In addition, when one has sung Handel's Dettingen 
Te Deum, the words can never be forgotten, let 
alone the meaning. Requiem masses will be sung 
until the end of man, we surmise. Yet even today 
the uneducated prefer to hear Tristan at a 
funeral, especially at a funeral home! 

The greatest literature of the Christian Church 
such as the Psalms, Masses, and Magnificats has 
inspired the greatest composers to their greatest 


efforts, and a college choir has had an educating 
as well as inspiring musical experience. 

Naturally the choir could not sing the men's 
parts in these works, so choirs and glee clubs 
came from far and near — and coeducation was in 
full force! In addition to Brown University, men 
came from Washington and Lee, Georgetown Uni- 
versity, Hamilton College, and the Universities of 
Richmond and Virginia, to name only those who 
participated in the music we have been discussing. 

There was never any problem in respect to solo- 
ists: Mr. Gilpin always had a huge voice enroll- 
ment. He tried to give as many lessons as there 
were hours in the day, and if there were spare 
hours on weekends these too were filled with 

Fundamentally, the marvelous tone of the choir 
has been the result of these voice lessons. In 
some respects a singer is the ideal choral con- 
ductor even as an instrumentalist is most suitable 
for a symphony. 

Somehow, in some mysterious way, when one 
cares for the human voice one is already begin- 
ning to care for the human being: in a fashion 
unique to music one is identifying with another 
personality. When a choir is involved, perhaps it 
is not too much to say the interaction is similar 
to this, only multiplied. 

The instrumentalists were not so readily found 
as the soloists, but eventually a flutist, clarinetist, 
oboeist or even violinist was ferreted out to share 
in the glory of the choir. This was almost the 
only time these instrumentalists could perform 
in college. Mr. Gilpin tried to select music suit- 
able for them as well as for the choir. He believes 
in instrumental music as well as vocal: he 
actually spent a whole year teaching a Sweet 
Briar student to play the cello! Of course she 
was a choir girl, one of the elite. 

Underneath all this sound was the steady beat 
of the organ, which Mr. Gilpin played while con- 
ducting, until in recent years when he had the 
excellent services of John Shannon, now out- 
college organist and choir director. It is not at 
all common to find a conductor who can both sing 
and play, and indeed do both at the same time! 

It must be remembered that the choir performs 
weekly: on Sunday mornings when many of the 
rest of the campus are away, as well as on those 
glorious joint concert programs we have de- 
scribed. Chaplain Robertson and our Sunday 
morning congregations can attest to the quality 
of these choral services. It is tough to sing in the 
choir: one must be disciplined, obedient, prompt, 
even musical. Yet no one complains! It is a 
minor miracle not wrought by the hand of God 
this time, but by its recently retired conductor, 
Mr. Gilpin. 



Mr. Gilpin leads the Choir across the Lehigh 
University campus, 1960. 


by Gerhard Masur 

Emeritus Professor of History 

Our Finest Hope is Memory 

Peter Penzoldt "was the extraordinary son 
of an extraordinary mother," Madame 


That books meet various fates is something of 
a proverb, but this same truth is not so widely 
acknowledged in the ease of collections. Who 
would have expected to find the memorabilia of 
one of the greatest singers of this century in 
the placid halls of Sweet Briar College? Yet such 
is the case. 

There was a time when the fame of renowned 
actors and singers faded away with them, and all 
that remained of their endeavors was the image 
they left in the memories of their contemporaries. 
This was true of David Garrick, of Jenny Lind, 
of Paulina Lucca. Today the film and the record 
have changed all this, and we are now able to 
preserve illustrious voices in all their glory for 
future generations. 

Sigrid Onegin was one of the most noted sing- 
ers of our time, and Sweet Briar College is for- 
tunate indeed to possess not only the musical 
books and scores she studied, but also the photo- 
graphs of her stage appearances and the tapes 
and records of her most celebrated performances. 

When I became an opera devotee in the 1920's, 
Madame Onegin was at the peak of her career. 
She belonged to the ensemble that Bruno Walter 
had gathered in Berlin, and she appeared at the 
Stadtische Oper (Municipal Opera) as well as at 
the state's opera house. Her voice was a con- 
tralto, but of such incredible range that she was 
also able to sing roles written for mezzosoprano. 
Of her achievements I remember particularly 
three which I shall never forget. She sang 
Carmen and surpassed with ease the other great 
contraltos that Berlin could call its own, such as 
Barbara Kemp. But she was even more superb 
in the role of Delilah in Saint Saens Samson and 
Delilah. After her great aria, "Mon coeur s'ouvre 
a ta voix," the audience sat silent for minutes un- 
der the spell of this unique instrument of seduc- 
tion. In Verdi's Macbeth she dominated the stage, 
especially in the Banquet scene when the ghost of 
Banquo appears. She was attired in a gown of 
flaming red silk as she sang the famous aria in 
which she begs the guests to pay no heed to her 
husband's strange behaviour, but to drink and be 
merry. That a dramatic singer like Madame 
Onegin could also excel in the intimate art of the 

was one of 
the most noted 
singers of our 

Lied would surprise only those who did not know 
the extraordinary capacities of this artist. She 
could sing Brahms' Saphische Ode as flawlessly 
as she sang Amneris in Verdi's Aida. That these 
treasures have not faded into thin air, but are 
preserved and accessible today to teachers and 
students who love great music is a matter of deep 
satisfaction to me, as it will be to all admirers 
of Sigrid Onegin. 

How did it happen that Sweet Briar came into 
possession of this outstanding collection? In 1951, 
the College engaged the services of a young- 
teacher for the German department. His name 
was Peter Penzoldt, and he was the only child 
of Sigrid Onegin's marriage to Dr. Fritz Penzoldt, 
a . physician and writer of renown. After Dr. 
Penzoldt's death his son bequeathed the entire 
musical collection of his mother (who had died in 
1943) to Sweet Briar College. 

Peter Penzoldt was in many ways the extra- 
ordinary son of an extraordinary mother. Born 
in Munich in 1925, he was educated in Switzer- 
land and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees 
from the University of Geneva. After a brief 
sojourn at San Francisco State College, he came 
to Sweet Briar, which suited his temperament 
better than the huge institution of the West 
Coast. He taught a variety of courses: German, 
Italian, Latin, and French, proof of his remark- 
able linguistic gifts. He himself always made 
light of these talents, and much preferred the 
teaching of literature. It was, therefore, only 
natural that he moved from the field of German 
language into the field of French and comparative 
literature. One of his most popular courses was a 
comparative study of Dante's Divina Comedia and 
Goethe's Faust. He was a vivacious and inspired 
teacher, and he had a devoted following among 
the students. 

His success as a teacher and a scholar did not, 
however, fully satisfy him. Peter Penzoldt was a 
man of many moods and the victim of an almost 
constant restlessness which he tried to assuage 
in communion with nature, spending long hours 
fishing and game hunting. It is difficult to say 
what occasioned his variable humor. Perhaps it 
was a premonition of early death. 

Since 1958, he had been prey to many illnesses, 
and finally suffered a heart attack while on sab- 
batical leave in Geneva in 1966. He recovered, 
but not fully, and he was quite resigned to die 
young. When I last saw him in the summer of 
1969, he told me that he was convinced his life 
would be cut short, and that he preferred to live 
by his own rules rather than to vegetate as an 
invalid. He died on August 21, 1969, in Geneva, 
after a brief hunting trip in Kenya. Those of us 
who have known him and may call ourselves his 
friends will remember him as "a fellow of infinite 
jest and most excellent fancy." But underneath 
his many talents, of which mimicry was not the 
least, there was a deep seated brooding melan- 
choly which nothing could dispel for long. Alas, 
poor Yorick . . . 

An internationally recognized scholar and writ- 
er, Dr. Gerhard Masur of Lynchburg is Emeritus 
Professor of History at Sweet Briar, ivhere lie 
taught history from 19J,7-1966, when he left to 
accept an appointment as Visiting Professor of 
History at the University of California, Berkeley. 
During his tenure on the two faculties, he was 
several times on leave of absence to continue his 
studies of European intellectual history of the 
20th century, and to serve as Visiting Professor 
of History at the Free University of Berlin. 

Dr. Masur's book on Imperial Berlin, 1870-1919, 
was published by John Wiley and Sons in 1970. 
Dr. Masur and his wife, who is Assistant Profes- 
sor of English, emeritus, at Randolph-Macon 
College, have collaborated on several books, in- 
cluding Prophets of Yesterday, a cultural history 
of Europe from 1890-19H; and a biography on 
Simon Bolivar. The author of many historical 
papers, Dr. Masur contributed a chapter on Max 
Weber and Friedrich Meinecke in a volume pub- 
lished in 1961 to commemorate the founding of 
the University of Berlin. 

Dr. Masur received his Ph.D. degree at the 
University of Berlin, where he taught medieval 
and modern history for five years before leaving 
Berlin under Nazi pressure. He has been an 
American citizen since 195S. 


Sweet Tones 1970: their singing ranges from Bach chorales to contemporary Rock. 

Happiness is Those Who Sing with You 


by Laura Mink, '71 
Head of The Sweet Tones 

The Sweet Tones were organized in 1952 by 
nine upperclassmen purely for the pleasure of 
singing together. The group has ranged from 
between eight and 14 members, this year with 
12 students from the sophomore, junior, and 
senior classes. Their anonymity dissolved with 
several radio performances in Lynchburg and a 
television show in Washington. Since then they 
have entertained at Bum Chum Inns, Parents' 
and May Day weekends, community Christmas 
parties, alumnae benefit programs, and with 
men's groups from Washington and Lee and 
from Princeton. The Sweet Tones may extend 
their travels North for a concert at West Point 
next spring. 

To please everyone as much as possible, the 
a cappella group uses various styles. Their reper- 
toire has featured everything from nursery 
rhymes, academic ditties and American ballads 
to Bach chorales, Rogers and Hammerstein show 
tunes and contemporary Rock adapted to the 
human voice. 

The Sweet Tones arrange most of their songs 
themselves by creating four-part arrangements, 
improvising on-the-spot, or borrowing them di- 
rectly from records — which means anything from 
a simple melody to more complex modulatory 
passages intended for instruments. 

Almost half the songs are for solos, giving 
everyone the chance to be heard for at least a 
moment on an extra "bum" or syncopated "oo." 
The collection of music still contains many "old- 

ies" successfully revived : Joey, a favorite for the 
past three years; numerous traditional carols, 
including Randall Thompson's Now ell, Coventry 
Carol, a round by Benjamin Britten in the Old 
English, and The Little Drummer Boy, otherwise 
known as "prum-prum," as the lowest voices 
imitate a little drum. 

Some of the more recent additions include a 
familiar Swingle Singers arrangement of a 
chorale tune from one of Bach's cantatas and a 
similar adaptation of an instrumental and vocal 
interlude from the movie, Butch Cassidy and the 
Sundance Kid. The Peanuts characters provide a 
sentimental note with Happiness, the theme song 
from the musical, You're a Good Man, Charlie 
Brown, to which the Sweet Tones incorporated 
small phrases and idiosyncracies from other songs 
in their repertoire. 

Whether it be "ballad, bop, or blues," the 
most enjoyable minutes are the spontaneous 
practices in the quadrangle before dinner, or a 
song in the pit during a study break for exams. 
The highlight of the year is rising before dawn, 
bundling up for early morning caroling through 
the dorms the day of Christmas vacation. 

An exhausting rehearsal of difficult syncopa- 
tions or uninspiring "oos" may be frustrating, 
but equally moving is the excitement of making 
music, either spontaneously or in a performance. 
A sentimental feeling shared by The Sweet Tones 
is "Happiness is those who sing with you." 

The Sound of Music 

by Lucile Umbreit 
Professor of Music 

It is easy enough to teach the history of music 
— we do — but it is quite another matter to teach 
the sound of music, which is actually the heart of 
the matter. Names, dates, and even critical re- 
views seldom reveal the true meaning and real 
beauty of music. In this major respect the his- 
tory of music is unique: the meaning of music 
lies in the hearing of it. It is impossible in a few 
paragraphs to describe all the ways one can 
learn to hear, so we will concentrate on only two 
of the most fundamental ways: the horizontal 
and the vertical. 

Since Music 21-22 begins with Renaissance 
music, we can begin with the horizontal aspect. 
In this period of the madrigal, motet, and mass 
we are almost entirely concerned with musical 
lines and their endless and astounding combina- 
tions. It would be almost impossible to hear 
these several simultaneously sounding lines were 
it not for the fact that this is mostly verbal 
music. Readily recognizable words and phrases 
are reflected in the musical lines. Furthermore, 
every student now has a score of practically 
every work studied. 

As we all know, man depends on his eyes far 
more than on his ears to perceive the world 
around him; therefore, any visual aid to assist 
the ear is of the greatest importance. Aural, ac- 
curate perception of melody and rhythm doesn't 
very often come naturally to college freshmen 
however much they want to understand the mean- 
ing of music. 

When all the parts are singing the same words 
at the same time we hear chords, blocks of 
sounds, or, in other words, we hear vertically. 
Quite often the 16th-century composer employs 
this style of writing when he is emphasizing the 
meaning of the words. Although this is still part 
writing we hear it chordally. 

We have mentioned the usefulness of scores, 
but of course without records we would be lost! 
It is impossible in a single class period to pre- 
sent more than a skeletal outline of a master- 
piece. The necessarily more particular study is 
provided through listening labs, of which two 
hours are required per week. Many students find 
it pleasurable and profitable to attend more. 

Nothing, however, can replace "live" music if 
one is to fully absorb the sound of music. Here 
again the eye reinforces effects perceived more 
or less accurately. In actual performance the in- 
tricacies of phrasing, accents, or sudden pauses 
are observed by the eye simultaneously as they 
are heard. We hear much more graphically in a 
"live" performance. We are there, we are a part 
of it. 

Lucile Umbreit and Pat Collyer Zavitz, 1960. 





by John Shannon 

Associate Professor of Music 


An excellent music library for undergraduate 
students — for this we are very happy. During the 
past three years we have received from the 
Friends of the Library three invaluable sets of 
musical scores. Such sets, as I noted in the 
Winter, 1970, Library Gazette, constitute the 
nucleus around which a music library revolves; 
without such holdings the teacher and the student 
are very much limited. 

The majority of musical publications are per- 
formance editions, i.e., they are designed for 
practical usage. The sets we are describing, how- 
ever, are designed for study, reference, and class 
use. Many important collections printed during 
the early years of this century have until recently 
been unavailable. Renewed interest in music 
history has stimulated re-publication or re-editing 
much of this material. 

The three collections we received from the 
Friends of the Library are Les Maitres Musiciens 
de la Renaissance Frangaise, Das Chorwerk, and 
Mozart's Neue Ausgabe Saemtlicher Werke. 

The first of these collections is an extensive 
anthology of 23 volumes of French Renaissance 
music. It provides particularly good examples of 
the polyphonic chanson, the French form most 
like the Italian and English madrigal, and set- 
tings of psalm tunes from the Hugenot tradition. 
Such composers as le Jeune, Jannequin, Lassus, 
Goudimel, and Costeley are represented by entire 
volumes. This collection is especially important 
to students in the study of early music. 

More comprehensive in scope but equally im- 
portant is Das Chorwerk, a collection of 108 
volumes of Renaissance and Baroque music, most 
of which has not been printed elsewhere. Com- 
positions from throughout Europe and dating 
from the late 15th to the early 18th centuries are 
included. The wide variety and uniqueness of its 
contents make Das Chorwerk most valuable to our 
music students. 

The new scholarly and critical edition of the 
complete works of Mozart now being provided by 
the Friends of the Library is invaluable to stu- 
dents and teachers in courses in opera, chamber 

John R. Shannon, College organist, describes the 
groiving excellence of Sweet Briar's 
music library. 

and orchestral music, keyboard literature, and 
music in the classic period. 

These three collections alone — as well as the 
complete works of Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, 
Handel, Byrd, Gesualdo, Montevardi, Dunstable, 
Schubert, the whole of Denkmaler der Tonkunst 
in Astemreich, to name only a few of our com- 
plete works — these acquisitions alone indicate the 
growing excellence of our music library. 

And there is the library itself, the building. No 
longer the white frame house on Elijah Road, so 
familiar to our music students of the 40's and 
50's; no longer the music classes in the old chapel 
in Manson. Today we work and study in the Mary 
Reynolds Babcock Fine Arts Center. We have 
study carrels, extensive stack space, practice 
rooms, of course, and a large studio used for a 
classroom and a listening room — we have more 
than 2,000 LP records. 

Our music library is a division of the Mary 
Helen Cochran Library, which provides the major 
services of administration, acquisition, and cata- 
loguing. Our music library at Babcock gives ex- 
cellent experience and training to student assist- 
ants: they help to maintain and catalogue our 
record collection and practical musical scores. 

Our music library today provides our music 
students the facilities, the space, the equipment 
and the superb collections that were our hopes 
and dreams for many years. 

m ... . 

"Miss Weaver was responsible for bringing the National Symphony here," Mr. Gilpin says, "and it 
is still the one thing you will hear mentioned in Lynchburg when concerts are brought up." 

Miriam H. Weaver 


No story on our Music Department is complete 
without a few words about Miss Weaver. We 
should like to honor her by quoting, in part, the 
tribute read at the October, 1969, faculty meet- 
ing. The following was written by Professors 
Carl Bricken, Lucile Umbreit, and G. Noble Gil- 

"Miriam Weaver joined the faculty of the 
Music Department of Sweet Briar College in 
1925 — the same year Miss Meta Glass came to 
Sweet Briar. Miss Weaver remained through the 
tenures of Miss Glass, Miss Lucas, and was still 
teaching in the early years of Mrs. Pannell's 
Presidency. . . . For the greater part of her 
tenure, Miss Weaver was Chairman of the Music 
Department and of the Committee on Lectures 
and Concerts. As Chairman of the Department 
she labored indefatigably to establish a major 
in music, and under her management the Com- 
mittee on Lectures & Concerts introduced to Vir- 
ginia for the first time a full-sized symphony 

orchestra, the National Symphony. . . . 

"For many years, long before there was any 
thought of a Fine Arts Center, Miss Weaver de- 
voted much thought and many hours of work 
toward the realization of her special dream: a 
building for the Music Department. ... At that 
time the Department was scattered over various 
parts of the campus, occupying basements, the 
old chapel, and the abandoned library, all at the 
same time. . . . 

"Following official retirement Miss Weaver in- 
creased proportionately her private teaching. Her 
pupils were primarily Amherst County teenagers, 
with many of whom she enjoyed a very close and 
special relationship. . . . 

"Sweet Briar College was Miriam Weaver's 
life. ... It was but natural that she should 
leave her best treasures to the College: her 
music library and her Steinway piano. These, 
along with her many years of undeviating and 
unselfish service are her memorials." 


A Poet From 
Down Under 

by Nancij St. Clair T alley, '56 

One of Australia's leading poets 
has been writing verse ever since he 
can remember, but he did not publish 
anything until he was 48. Today, at 
67, he is Library Fellow at Australia 
National University and was for first 
semester 1970-71 Visiting Lecturer at 
Sweet Briar College under a grant 
from the Sue Reid Slaughter Endow- 
ment Fund. 

He is A.D. (for Alec Durwent) 
Hope, a muscular but soft-spoken 
man, a long-time teacher, of medium 
height and far more than medium 
perception. At Sweet Briar, he held a 
class in Analysis of Poetry and a 
class in the Writing of Poetry. In 
addition, he gave readings from his 
poems to the community. His defini- 
tion of poetry: The celebration of the 
world through the dance of language. 

"I wrote my first poem at the age 
of eight, but I must have been doing 
it before then because I could manage 
simple ballad meter," Mr. Hope said 
with a small smile, sitting one day 
last fall in his office, bare but for the 
essential desk, chairs and piles of 
books. The poem, he went on, was a 
birthday present for his mother. Its 
52 verses, one for each week of the 
year, each exhorted her to moral and 
religious behavior. Such a sermon of 
a poem must have grown out of the 
young poet's environment, for his 
father was a Presbyterian minister. 

Born in 1903 in New South Wales, 
Mr. Hope spent his boyhood on the is- 
land of Tasmania. Tasmania, now in- 
dustrial, was in those days a pastoral 
land, where sheep grazed and neigh- 
bors lived far from one another. Al- 


though he was the eldest of five chil- 
dren, the comparative isolation of 
Hope's growing up allowed him to 
spend hours in his father's library. 
Here he read novels about America, 
and all the 19th-century American 
poets — Longfellow, Whittier, Emer- 
son and the rest — as well as the Vic- 
torian poets, particularly Tennyson, 
whose works his father had collected. 
By the time he went back to New 
South Wales to boarding school, both 
reading poetry and writing it had be- 
come a way of life. 

At the University of Sydney he 
wanted to study medicine "but didn't 
make it," and instead took a degree 
in the arts. A traveling scholarship 
upon his graduation enabled him to 
study at Oxford. There he earned the 
B.A. degree in the English Language 
Schools. His later teaching was in 
the same field, the history of the 
language. At the same time, he was 
going from the Victorian poets to 
Spenser and Milton, Eliot and Pound, 
and was reading widely from poetry 
in foreign languages. French he knew 
from school as a second language; 
German he knew as essential for his 
studies in philology. He learned Rus- 
sian to broaden his knowledge with a 
Slavic language. A list of his favorite 
poets includes Dante, Baudelaire and 
Rilke. "I think I learned Italian main- 
ly to read Dante," he said. 

"When I came back from England, 
Australia, like other countries, was in 
the midst of the great economic de- 
pression," he continued. "There were 
no teaching jobs to be had. I did all 
sorts of odd things, among them vo- 

cational psychology — testing in a 
vocational psychology institute. I 
didn't return to the universities until 

In that year be began teaching at 
Sydney Teachers' College. He taught 
next at the University of Melbourne, 

and at University College, Canberra, 
where he became head of the English 
department. Then he was asked to 
head the department at Australia 
National University. And always he 
was "stealing time" for poetry. "But 
I didn't think of publishing until 
rather late in life," Hope says. "For 
me, poetry was a sort of private oc- 

The first volume of poems was 
well-received, and he has been pub- 
lishing ever since. The principal pub- 
lications are The Wandering Islands 

(1956) ; Poems (1963) ; The Cave and 
the Spring, Essays on Poetry (1965) ; 
Collected Poems (1966), and New 
Poems, A Midsummer Eve's Dream, 
and Dunciad Minor (all 1970). 

Hope received the Australia- 
Britannica Award for Literature in 
1967, and the Levinson Prize for 
Poetry and the Ingram Merrill Award 
for Literature in 1969. In 1968 grow- 
ing administrative responsibilities at 
Australia National University made 
him decide that "stealing time" for 
poetry was not enough. But when he 
spoke of retirement, the University 
made him instead a Library Fellow — 
he literally has an office in the Uni- 
versity library and is freed from all 
responsibilities other than writing 
poems. It is indeed an ideal arrange- 
ment, although Hope admits that 
there is "something about the irrita- 
tion of having a lot of things to do" 
that goads to accomplishment. 

It was before becoming a Library 
Fellow that Hope took part in the 
poetry section of the International 
Festival of the Performing Arts at 
Lincoln Center, 1967. In 1968-69 he 
was visiting consultant in poetry at 
the Library of Congress. "I was asked 
to go over the holdings at the Library 
of Congress in Australian belles- 
lettres," he explained his job, and 
"write a report on the collection. 

"At the Library of Congress I also 
gave public readings. I used to find 
reading my own poems an embarrass- 
ing thing to do, but I've got used to 

For such readings, Mr. Hope 
chooses from his shorter poems. 
"There is a difference between poems 
written for reading aloud and poems 
meant to be read alone," he said. 
"Those to be read aloud have a more 
open texture, and can be listened to, 
and short poems are better for that 
purpose than long poems." 

Among Hope's poems are both 
poems that can be read aloud and 
poems that are more densely struc- 
tured and are better read alone. All 
the works show a highly developed 
sense of form and discipline: the ma- 
jority are in iambic pentameter and 
possess an easily discernible rhyme 
pattern. Although Hope's first re- 
membered poem was a moralistic ex- 
hortation, his mature poetry appreci- 
ates or deplores truths in life and is, 
rather than moralistic, moral in the 
sense that to see the truth and tell it 
plain must be moral. The central 
theme of many of the poems is sex- 
uality; in poems with other themes 
many of the images are sexual ones. 
The method is sometimes satire, and 
the tone is often ironic. The impact 
of some of the poems is horror; at 
some, the reader laughs aloud. Yet 

the impression left by reading a large 
number of the poems at one sitting 
is that the poet is healthy with an al- 
most Elizabethan vitality, that he has 
a tremendous relish for life, that his 
sense of wonder at the world did not 
die after childhood but has grown 
with the acquisition of knowledge and 
wisdom. For if the poems are erotic, 
they are also wise — a rare combina- 
tion much to be savored. 

The subjects for the poems came, 
Hope himself says, from literature 
when he first began to write. Later 
the ideas came from science, history, 
archeology, music, art and theology. 
Hope's insight is exciting, whether he 
examines Faustus soulless before the 
Devil comes to collect his due, Freud 
analyzing humanity past endurance, 
or Byron unable to escape lust even 
in death. This insight is brought to 
bear upon a breadth and depth of 
knowledge — all the classics, all of 
modern literature, the history of med- 
icine, modern radiology and pathol- 
ogy. There is a poem to Vivaldi; there 
is one on the death of Pope Pius XII. 
Hope's upbringing in the church did 

not leave him a Puritan or perhaps 
not even a Calvinist, but the subjects 
of many of his poems are the myths 
of Judaism and the theology of 
Christianity — and the perversions 
man has made of them. They are 
poems, all of them, that refresh the 
vision of the reader in the way that 
traveling- refreshes the vision of the 
voyager who returns home. 

One of Hope's poems, written in 
1965, is called "Advice to Young 
Ladies." In it the poet uses an his- 
torically documented trial of a vestal 
virgin as an example of the intelli- 
gent woman's suffering through his- 
tory from "domestic bullying" and 
"public shame." The fall of civiliza- 
tion may not be due to "great defects 
of policy," the poem says, but rather 
to the crushing of the human spirit. 

It may not seem so grave an act to break 
Postumia's spirit as Galileo's, to gag 
Hypatia as crush Socrates, or drag 
Joan as Giordano Bruno to the stake. 

Can we be sure? Have more states perished, 

For having shackled the enquiring mind, 
Than those who, in their folly not less blind, 
Trusted the servile womb to breed free men? 

From COLLECTED POEMS: 1930-1965 
by A. D. Hope. Copyright 1963, 1966 in 
all countries of the International Copy- 
right Union by A. D. Hope. All Rights 
Reserved. Reprinted by permission of 
The Viking Press. Inc. 

This was one of the poems Hope 
chose for his first reading at Sweet 
Briar early last fall. "For me, one of 
the attractions of Sweet Briar was 
that it had as its reason the idea 
that women would take their place in 
the world along with everyone else." 
Hope said. 

At Sweet Briar A. D. Hope and his 
wife, Penelope, quickly established 
themselves as rare additions to a 
scholarly community. "A. D. Hope's 
poetry becomes more impressive with 
each reading," Richard C. Rowland 
of the English Department said. "It 
is never modish or merely clever, but 
it is full of wit as well as a resonance 
which leans upon the whole great 
tradition of English poetry. 

"We may at first be daunted by Mr. 
Hope's immense learning, often 
scientific as well as literary," Mr. 
Rowland continued, "but we soon find 
ourselves carried along by the power 
and passion of his poetry, so strik- 
ingly mated with elegance and the 
most precise control of meters. How 
refreshing it has been to find, after 
reading this firm, sure poetry, that 
the poet is so gentle and truly modest 
a man." 

Mr. Hope's Sweet Briar students 
who are now writing poetry, some 
eight or nine of them, he found "ex- 
tremely keen, and writing good stuff." 
But even though he taught an early 
experimental course in writing in the 
1930's, and for years conducted a 
children's session in writing over the 
radio, Hope takes a negative view of 
his role. "I don't think anyone can 
teach you to write poetry," he said. 
"If you write poetry, I think it can 
be useful to work together. Still you 
must get away from the critical prin- 
ciple in writing, of 'what you ought 
to do.' Criticism should come after- 
wards and not get in the way of a 

"We must follow the example of 
the hen," he said, his blue eyes twink- 
ling so that one was reminded of a 
very fit, and beardless, Santa Claus. 
"The hen doesn't cackle until she has 
laid the egg." 





and Sweet Briar 

by Edna Lee Gilchrist, '26 


Although I am fortunate in having known them 
in many prestigious spots as "Ambassador and 
Mrs. Wailes," and even long before that as 
"Third Secretary and Mrs. Wailes," it is as Tom 
and Cornelia I knew and loved them best, and I 
hope that is the way you will think of them most 

I wonder if you have wondered, as I did when 
I was a student, what Bishop Randolph was 
really like, when you lived in his building. Or 
Mr. Manson? Or Mr. Gray? Benedict seems more 
natural since we know she was Sweet Briar's 
first President, and we know Dr. Connie Guion 
is delighted you are studying her beloved chem- 
istry in her building. But would Daisy Williams 
really have enjoyed basketball in the gym? And 
would Mary Reynolds Babcock be glad you were 
rehearsing for a play ? Please be assured that 
Tom and Cornelia Wailes would always be happy 
you were having fun in their building. . . . 

Tom's life pattern of travel to foreign coun- 
tries, of studying and understanding them and 
their people, and of expertly relating them to 
his own country and experiences, was set shortly 
after his graduation from college when he and 
two friends took a trip around the world. They 
travelled by ship, train, a small plane once, 
donkey, horse, ox cart, and their own two feet. 

Happily, you may read of this trip, since Tom's 
father had his letters home typed and bound, 
and they are in the Sweet Briar library ... I 
urge you to read this first volume — it bristles 
with names like Saigon, Phom-penh, and Cam- 
bodia ... It tells of silver floors in palaces and 
life-sized statues of solid gold; of the Governor 
of a province in Siam who assigned six criminals, 
with heavy iron chains on their legs, as personal 
servants to these boys, and of the three soldiers 
he sent with them for protection from robbers 
along the route. And even of the new legislation 
that was enacted as a result of this trip, because 
never before had anyone WALKED across the 
border into Burma and thus no laws covered 
their arrival! 

. . . Tom's quiet friendliness endeared him to 
people all over the world, and made him a be- 
loved, as well as an able, Ambassador. Although 

he followed the strict rules of Protocol in all in- 
stances where they were required, his great 
strength lay, I believe, in his ability to set aside 
this "striped pants and cutaway behavior" for 
informal discussions which frequently bore more 
fruit. He was the kind of man who never ex- 
pected honor, and thus was always given it. 

Next to the United States of America and his 
service to it, Tom's greatest enthusiasm and in- 
terest was Sweet Briar College. Aside from being 
personally grateful that Cornelia came to Sweet 
Briar and thus became my dearest friend, I am 
grateful for the College, because through her 
interest Tom became one of Sweet Briar's most 
loyal and most helpful Overseers and Directors. 

I believe he was more delighted to be elected 
to Sweet Briar's Board than to be chosen As- 
sistant Secretary of State! He regretted missing 
occasional meetings while they were overseas, 
but more than made up for this by his constant 
concern and frequent visits when they were in 
the country, and after his early retirement. He 
quickly adapted from the efficient and suave 
Chairman of the Committee on Buildings and 
Grounds to an Inspector for the same, when he 
climbed a highrise ladder to look at the Refectory 
roof. You don't often see an Ambassador on a 

... A friend of Cornelia's wrote me recently 
of a small boy who had closed a letter to his 
soldier-father by saying, "I hope you live all your 
life," and she added, "Cornelia was of those all 
too rare people who 'lived all her life', and helped 
all who know her to catch a glimpse of what life 
is all about — living." 

Her life was joyous and brave; her courage 
supreme, her outlook always cheerful. . . . Tom 
and Cornelia wanted the Wailes Center to be a 
"fun building" in the very best sense of that 
word. A building where lasting friendships would 
be formed, where good conversation would flour- 
ish, where weary minds and spirits and bodies 
would be refreshed, where gaiety would abound. 
For them I give it to you, the Sweet Briar of 
Today, and to all the generations of Sweet Briar 
girls to come. Please enjoy it! 

• - 




Speaking at the dedication of the 
Wailes College Center, October 16, 
1970, Edna Lee Gilchrist '26 said, 
"Tom and Cornelia ivanted the Wailes 
Center to be a fun building in the 
very best sense of that word." 

Cornelia and Edward Thompson Wailes 
College Center 



Cornelia Lyon Wailes Edward Thompson Wailes 

OVIlittS AKD DlttCIO) 
I9S1 - 1969 


Lawrence G. Nelson 


by Sarah Thorpe Ramage 

Professor of English 

Richard C. Rowland 

Professor of English 

Lawrence Nelson came to Sweet Briar in 1946, 
and for more than 20 years his courses remained 
among the most popular courses in the College. 
They were distinctive and idiosyncratic courses, 
but they were also demanding and scholarly; 
Milton, Thomas Mann, Faulkner, Tolstoi, Sir 
Philip Sidney, Ivy Compton-Burnett were only a 
few of the writers whose meaning and power 
were illuminated for hundreds of Sweet Briar 
graduates by Larry's understanding and insight. 
Especially, of course, Shakespeare was the one 
whom he loved and honored, which side idolatry 
we were never quite sure. 

His interest in student organizations was un- 
usual. For many years he served as advisor to 
the College annual; he was a faculty member of 
Aints and Asses as well as Paint and Patches. 
He loved the theatre and appeared frequently on 
the stage in Fletcher and in Babcock. We re- 
member him in Carl Bricken's setting of Auden's 
Christmas Oratorio, as Robert E. Lee in Mr. 
Thurber's Carnival, and in a variety of unexpected 
roles in Faculty Shows over the years. We re- 
member, too, the Evening with Shakespeare, 
which he organized and in which with others of 
us he performed a number of times for the com- 

Those of us who frequent weekday chapel 
remember, too, an amazing series of chapel talks 
delivered over the years, filled with paradox and 
other verbal pyrotechnics, often in commemora- 
tion of Martin Luther. It was, therefore, with a 
special feeling that, at the Memorial Service in 
October we sang that grand and noble hymn of 
Luther's, A Mighty Fortress is Our God. 

One other contribution Larry made to Sweet 
Briar life, less known to his colleagues outside 
the department, was his performance as poet 
laureate of the English Department. As each 
member retired, Larry found verses graceful, 
witty, and moving to present to his colleague. 
Miss Sarah Ramage wrote him shortly before 
his death, "After what you had written for 
Johanne and Ethel I should have felt that I was 
retiring illegitimately if you had not composed 
an ode for me, too." 

It was, in fact, a sonnet he produced for Sarah 
and, as his strength was then seriously failing, 
we knew at what cost it must have been written. 
It is part of our loss that none of us feels able 
to produce such an ode to express our affection 
for him. He will be sorely missed by students, 
alumnae, and colleagues. 

Lawrence G. Nelson 

Larry and Toni Kelson in Paris 

by Fleming Parker Rutledge, '59 

He hath a kind of honour sets him off 
More than a mortal seeming. 

Cymbeline, Act I, scene 3 

Perhaps the best way to honor Dr. Nelson is to 
describe the effect that he had on his students. 
There are a great many of us, and the dates of 
our graduations span nearly 25 years; we are a 
motley lot. Yet we are bound together, not only 
by our veneration for this man, but also by the 
almost mystical experience we each had as we 
were taught by him. 

We spoke a special language and recognized 
each other by the use of the Nelsonian vocabulary 
(peripety, anagnorsis, hubris, epiphany, arche- 
type, prelapsarian, eschatological) . Cosmic imag- 
ery became second nature to us. 

We were the charmed circle; yet we knew it 
was not because of any peculiar attainments of 
our own, but because of the vast generosity of 
his nature. We each knew the joy of discovering 
that some modest idea set forth in a paper had 
been pronounced (by the familiar handwriting in 
the margin) "simple, true — and fine." Or, if the 
idea were presented in class, the unexpected 
acknowledgment — the delightful "Very good!" in 
that de profundus voice. 

We lived in the company of titans. We entered 
into the mind of Milton's Satan, "magnificent, 
though in ruin." As Natasha danced for us, 
Mother Russia surrounded us in all her enigmatic 
immensity. Aeschylus stretched out his hand to 
us from his lofty seat. John Donne and Spenser 
walked among us, and we agonized with the 
tormented characters of Dostoevsky. There seem- 
ed to be nothing Dr. Nelson did not know. His 
colossal imagination embraced the Icelandic sagas 
and Thomas Mann, the Hebrew prophets and the 
Noh drama. 

Above all was his Bard. We who learned 
Shakespeare from him have special headsets to 
wear for the rest of our lives. We may readily 
be identified by our unshakable belief that no 
other Bardolater has ever had such a complete 
and penetrating vision of the Shakespearean 
world as did Dr. Nelson. To us, Hamlet seems 
more complex and inexhaustible; Pistol seems 
funnier, Rosalind more womanly, Feste more 
melancholy, Lear more gigantic, Cleopatra more 
infinite and varied. 

Dr. Nelson and his wife Toni filled the house on 
Faculty Row with their love for each other and 
for all the students who came to them. He drew 
forth from each of us our unformed ideas and 
gave them back to us again, infinitely expanded. 

It was mind-bending. This was teaching. This 
was intellectual excitement past imagining. We 
felt ourselves new creatures, able to see more 
clearly, feel more deeply, understand more fully, 
than we ever dreamed possible. We deemed him 
one of the immortals. 



has the 

time come 

for a less 



by Oliver Cope, M.D. 

Editors' Note: By permission of the 
Radcliffe Quarterly, we reprint this 
article that appeared in the June, 
1970, Radcliffe Quarterly. 

/ first came across Dr. Cope's point 
of view toward breast cancer two 
years ago and filed it for future ref- 
erence. This year, on behalf of friends 
who were nervously facing either min- 
or or major breast surgery, I decided 
to get more details about his view, and 
ended by soliciting this article. 

Dr. Cope is emeritus professor of 
surgery at the Harvard Medical 
School and a member of the board of 
consultation at the Massachusetts 
General Hospital, where he was acting 
chief of surgical services before his 
retirement in 1969. He was also chief 
of staff for the Shriners' Burns Insti- 
tute for Children, Boston Unit, from 
1964. to 1969. This year the Student 
American Medical Association estab- 
lished the Oliver Cope-Ward Darley 
Lecture in Medical Education in his 
honor. He is the author of three books, 
the latest being Man, Mind and Medi- 
cine, and 167 articles and chapters on 
endocrine diseases and medical educa- 
tion. Dr. Cope is staying on in private 
practice because of his study and con- 
cern with diseases of the breast. 

A glossary of technical terms and a 
bibliography follow this article. — 
Editor (Radcliffe Quarterly) 

In May, 1958, a physician called and 
asked me to come immediately to his 
office to see a patient with a lump in 
her breast. He had arranged for her 
to enter the hospital the following 
day under the care of a well-known 
cancer surgeon, but at lunchtime she 
had dismissed him and was now ask- 
ing for me. Would I please take care 
of her? 

The patient was the widow of one 
of my teachers of medicine. As a 
medical student, I had been to her 
house for dinner. As a young surgeon, 
I had set her broken wrist. I was 
flattered that she should ask for me, 
but surprised and puzzled for I knew 
nothing special about cancer of the 

There was, indeed, a lump in one 
of her breasts which felt as if it were 
malignant. Not knowing why she had 
dismissed the other surgeon, I was 
wary in what I said. I began by re- 
minding her that I was not sure about 
the nature of the lump, and that as 
the first step she should have a biopsy 
to establish its identity. I told her 
that we did not need to go beyond a 
biopsy until we had a chance to con- 
sult with each other. She agreed. 

When I saw her alone at the hos- 
pital the next day, she said, "I ex- 
pect you are surprised that I have 
asked you to care for me. I first 
noticed the lump in my breast several 

months ago. It has been slowly in- 
creasing in size. I had decided that I 
would do nothing about it and accept 
the consequences. But, recently my 
arthritis flared up and I had to see 
my physician. I did not tell him about 
the lump, but he, of course, found it. 
As I expected, he insisted that I be 
operated upon, and the surgeon he 
first chose for me unequivocally ad- 
vised that I have my breast removed. 

"It may seem strange to you, but I 
have a horror of losing my breast. 
I am 62, my husband is dead, and I 
have no thought of marrying again. 
However, I am still horrified by the 
thought of losing my breast, and I 
asked for you because I thought you 
might help me find a way to keep it." 

I examined her again. The mass was 
large. Above the breast, under the 
fold of her pectoral muscles, was a 
smaller lump consistent with spread 
of cancer into the nearby lymph nodes 
of the axilla. Together, these two 
masses meant that the growth was 
already advanced, and, according to 
the criteria of the day, even radical 
surgery would probably only delay, 
not cure, the disease. 

At this point, I recalled that two 
years before another woman in her 
sixties had consulted me about a lump 
in her breast. The lump had been a 
small one with a good outlook if 
treated by the traditional surgical 
operation. She had refused, however, 
to have her breast removed. In view 
of her refusal, I had asked Dr. Lau- 
rence Robbins, chief of the radiology 
department at Massachusetts General 
Hospital, to treat her by radiation. 
She was well and free of evidence of 
any residual cancer now at the time of 
this current patient. 

I told my teacher's widow that I 
would ask Dr. Robbins to treat her 
with radiation if the lump proved to 
be malignant, as indeed it did. I also 
followed my promise to her to remove 
only the lump and not the breast. Her 
physician was very upset when I did 
not do the traditional mastectomy, 
and her son-in-law, also a physician, 
was outraged at my neglect. 

After radiation of the breast and 
adjacent areas, the secondary lump 
melted away, and my patient was re- 
markably well for the next six years. 
Then suddenly she felt poorly, lost 
strength and weight, and died within 
a month at the age of 68. An autopsy 
revealed that no cancer cells were 
within the breast or the lymph nodes 
in the axilla, showing that the radia- 
tion had been successful in these ir- 
radiated areas. Cancer cells, however, 
were widely distributed throughout 
her body, having escaped from the 
area of the breast either before or 
during the treatment. 

Was our patient properly treated, 


or was she neglected? Did the radia- 
tion do all that surgery could have 
done, or should a way have been 
found to convince her to accept the 
radical operation? Was the program 
of radiation as good as it could have 
been? To answer these questions, let 
us look first at what was understood 
about the disease in 1958 and second 
at what has subsequently come to 

In 1958, there was a restive feeling 
in the air that doctors did not know 
as much about breast cancer as they 
could were they to look more closely, 
that surgical treatment had not been 
as effective as originally hoped and 
that modern radiation therapy was 
taking giant strides. Some important 
things, of course, were well under- 
stood. It was appreciated that there 
were many varieties of cancerous 
tumors. Some few were sluggish in 
growth and confined to the breast; 
surgery could eliminate these. Others 
were rapidly growing and intensely 
malignant; their cells spread early 
and widely. For these, surgery was 
generally hopeless. The majority of 
breast tumors lay between these ex- 
tremes. It was in this big group that 
there could be a difference of opinion 
about treatment. Our patient had one 
of this middle group, more to the 
rapidly growing side. 

It was also known that in both the 
middle group and rapidly growing 
tumors, cells spread from the pri- 
mary growth out of the breast 
through the lymphatic channels. It 
was believed at that time that the 
most important of these channels, in- 
deed the only significant one, led to 
the nodes of the axilla. It was on the 
basis of this information that Hal- 
sted a saw that any operation must 
resect not only the breast but also the 
axillary nodes. His operation, the so- 
called radical mastectomy, was stan- 
dard by 1910 and has been the pro- 
cedure of choice ever since. Unfortu- 
nately, despite many efforts to im- 
prove the operation technically, the 
survival rates were little better than 
those following the simple mastec- 
tomy, the operation in vogue prior to 

The disappointing results from the 
radical mastectomy also led to trials 
of radiation as an adjunct to opera- 
tion. In the 1930's and 1940's, both 
simple and radical mastectomies were 
supplemented by various forms of 
radiation, given either before or after 
the surgery. These, too, had led to 
little improvement in the results. 

The most important bit of under- 
standing available to us in 1958 was 
that the rays of the new high-voltage, 
high-energy, two-million-volt X-ray 
machine were far better suited to de- 
stroy deep-lying cancer cells than 

those of the older 150-thousand-volt 

From 1948 to 1956, approximately 
80 patients with advanced cancer of 
the breast had been treated by Dr. 
Robbins and his associates under the 
two-million-volt machine. The cancer 
of each of these patients was so ad- 
vanced when they first were seen 
that little hope was to be expected 
from operation. Relief of the local 
discomfort from the tumor was all 
that could be hoped for. Under the 
high-energy radiation, primary tu- 
mors and the spread into the axillary 
lymph nodes melted away, thus prov- 
ing the effectiveness of the rays. It 
was not a colossal step from this ex- 
perience for Dr. Robbins to realize 
that a small, early tumor should also 
melt away under this same ray. The 
possibility of a therapy, an alterna- 
tive to surgery, could be seen. 

Since 1958, much new knowledge 
bearing upon our problem has come 
to light. Due to the inquisitive in- 
terest of handful of surgeons and 
pathologists, bit by bit we have come 
to understand more of how cancer of 
the breast spreads and why the tradi- 
tional radical operation is not more 
effective. First of all, a logical ex- 
planation has been found for why 
some patients whose tumor was small 
and whose prognosis seemed to be ex- 
cellent at the time of mastectomy 
succumbed to the disease within a few 
months or a year or two. In such 
cases, the tumor can now be seen by 
the alert pathologist to be invading 
directly into the veins. The spread to 
distant organs, therefore, had taken 
place by the time the operation was 
performed. In these patients, too, 
radiation would not have succeeded 
any better than operation. It was too 

The second finding is the apprecia- 
tion of the wider dissemination of the 
cancer cells in the lymphatic system. 
In the majority of patients having 
this type of spread, the cells pass 
along the lymphatic vessels to the 
lymph nodes within the chest as well 
as to those in the axilla. Pathways 
lead to the nodes beneath the ster- 
num and along the rib cage posterior- 
ly to the nodes beside the upper spine. 
Dr. Robbins and I did not know of 
these alternate lymph pathways when 
we treated our first two patients. It 
was Dr. J. A. Urban 2 of New York 
who was in large part responsible 
for understanding the importance of 
the so-called internal mammary nodes 
beneath the sternum, and for this he 
deserves great credit. It is a travesty 
of poor communications that these 
lymph pathways were described by 
Rouviere, 3 a French anatomist, in 
1932; his article was translated into 
English and published six years later 

"Women should know that 
there are alternatives. . . 
They don't need to be 
railroaded into having 
their breast removed." 


Oliver Cope, M.D. 

in an obscure journal in the United 
States, in 1938. Rouviere pointed out 
the additional pathways leading both 
front and back along the ribs to nodes 
far out of reach of the surgeon. It is 
now obvious that if cells have escaped 
from the breast into the lymph nodes 
within the chest cavity, either front 
or back, there is no use in removing 
those in the axilla while the ones in- 
side are left behind. Sooner or later 
the cells in these neglected nodes pass 
into the general circulation and to the 
distant organs, such as the lungs, 
liver and bones. 

It is altogether probable that in 
our patient treated in 1958 the lymph 
nodes within the chest cavity were 
as involved as those in the axilla. If 
that were true, then for the six-year 
period in which she felt so well the 
cells remained within the confines of 
the nodes, only to escape ultimately 
into the general circulation, bringing 
about her prompt decline. Unfortu- 
nately the pathologist at autopsy 
did not observe whether the lymph 
nodes beneath the sternum or along 
the spine had been involved. (His 
mind had not been alerted to the im- 
portance of this question.) Thus, we 
do not know whether the outcome 
would have been different had we 
irradiated these nodes within the 
chest cavity back in 1958. We only 
know from the autopsy that the X- 
rays had effectively eradicated the 
cancer cells left within the residual 
breast and within the nodes of the 

There has been progress also in 
radiation therapy. When the decision 
was made to treat our first patients, 
1956 and 1958, we were unaware that 
in 1954 Mustakallio 4 of Helsinki, 
Finland, had reported the radiation 
treatment of 100 patients with breast 
cancer. This is the first publication of 
radiation as the sole, or definitive, 
treatment. His patients had also re- 
fused to have their breasts removed 
surgically. The results proved the 
equal of the radical operation in 
other patients. 

Since 1958 the radiotherapists of 
Europe, England and Canada have 

continued to explore the usefulness of 
radiation as the definitive treatment. 
In 1960, Baclesse, 5 from Paris, re- 
ported radiation as the sole treatment 
in 100 patients who, too, refused to 
have their breasts removed. His re- 
sults, like those of Mustakallio, were 
the equal of the surgeon's radical 
mastectomy. Neither Mustakallio nor 
Baclesse radiated all of the nodal 
areas described by Rouviere. Musta- 
kallia treated none of the nodes with- 
in the chest; Baclesse treated those 
in front but not those in back. 

In the Scandinavian countries, 
Scotland and England, radiation has 
been used increasingly as an adjunct 
to simple mastectomy. The results 
continue to be the equal of radical 
mastectomy but presumably no better. 
In Toronto, Vera Peters ° has been 
radiating patients who have refused 
mastectomy, and her patients, 124 
when she last reported, are faring as 
well as those treated over the same 
period by surgery. Here again the 
radiation has not been delivered to 
all of the nodal areas; only one-half 
of her patients received treatment to 
any of the nodes within the chest. No- 
where in the United States has a com- 
parable series of patients treated by 
radiation alone been published. (Dr. 
Eleanor Montague of Houston and a 
group at the Massachusetts General 
Hospital have spoken before confer- 
ences about smaller numbers of pa- 
tients treated with radiation alone. 
These two series have not yet been 
published. The results thus far are 
parallel to those of Vera Peters. 7 . 8 ) 

With the knowledge which we now 
possess in 1970, how should cancer of 
the breast be treated? It is obvious 
from what I have already said that 
I favor a considerable change in at- 
titude toward treatment. Unfortu- 
nately, there are still large gaps in 
our knowledge which must be filled 
in before we will have solid, account- 
able treatments. For example, until 
the forces giving to cancerous tumors 
are identified, we will not have a 
vaccination or innoculation such as we 
now possess for poliomyelitis or a 
drug with the specificity that penicil- 


'Now that there is a 
feasible alternative, the 
efforts of medicine should 
be directed toward 
improving the non- 
mutilating therapy." 

lin has against the streptococcus. 
There is room for much optimism on 
these points, however, since a number 
of investigators are pursuing leads 
which may prove successful in the 
foreseeable future. But we cannot 
wait for this more complete knowl- 
edge. How should we treat tumors at 

Until physicians know more about 
the origin of cancer, there is room 
for disagreement as to what consti- 
tutes the best treatment. With this 
incomplete knowledge in mind, I sug- 
gest the following: 

Women should know that there are 
alternatives. There is room now for 
them to have a say. They don't need 
to be railroaded into having their 
breast removed. 

The physician needs to know the 
full diagnosis, including every bit of 
knowledge that can be obtained. 
Diagnostic procedures such as roent- 
genographic mammograms are help- 
ful in directing the physician's atten- 

A biopsy is essential. Under special 
circumstances, a needle biopsy may 
suffice, but since the needle offers the 
pathologist so little tissue to study, 
an open biopsy is much to be pre- 
ferred. The surgeon and pathologist 
should examine not only the type of 
cell involved and the rate of prolifer- 
ation, but also the cell distribution. 
Can cells be seen entering the blood 
vessels of the tumor itself? Are they 
confined to the tumor, or are they 
spreading widely through the lymph 
spaces? These important details can- 
not be identified on frozen sections. 
The tissue has to be properly pre- 
pared for study, which takes at least 
24 hours, and then time is needed for 
study and consultation. The patient 
has the right to ask of her surgeon 
that he delay decision regarding de- 
finitive therapy until these questions 
have been answered and their mean- 
ing discussed with her. It is true that 
biopsy theoretically carries a risk of 
disseminating cancer cells and that on 
this basis the breast should be re- 
moved immediately after the biopsy. 
But it has been shown that this 

danger of biopsy is slight and shrinks 
to unimportance when compared with 
the knowledge gained by waiting for 
the pathologist's more seasoned study. 

Regarding the definitive therapy- it 
is to be remembered that surgery still 
has its good points. For those tumors 
of sluggish growth, it is probably the 
best treatment, since slowly growing 
types of cells are not so sensitive to 
radiation as are the rapidly prolifer- 
ating cells. 

Another argument in favor of op- 
eration is that some patients prefer 
psychologically to be done with the 
problem. The removal of the breast 
with the tumor in it seems to some to 
have eliminated the problem — out-of- 
sight, out-of-mind. This is, of course, 
a short view. In this sophisticated 
world, women know well that a can- 
cer can catch up with them later. 
Also, some women are not aware, 
psychologically, of what the loss of a 
breast may mean to them later on, 
either as a mutilation or as a daily 
reminder that they once had cancer. 

The advantages of non-surgical 
treatment, making use of modern 
radiation, are obvious. First, the two- 
to-three-day pause between biopsy 
and definitive decision enables the 
doctors to be sure the tumor is really 
malignant. From time to time, haste 
to get rid of the tumor has led path- 
ologist and surgeon to believe it ma- 
lignant, whereas in retrospect it was 
benign. A frozen section isn't good 
enough in the borderline cases, and 
unnecessary mastectomies are some- 
times carried out by the overly anx- 
ious surgeon, fearful of neglecting 
his patient. 

Second, if there is blood vessel in- 
vasion, any therapy may well be too 
late. Therapy should not be withheld, 
however, since the cells in the blood 
stream may not have taken root in 
distant organs. Nothing will have 
been sacrificed. If cells have taken 
root, palliative treatment is still in- 
dicated, and radiation is a more rea- 
sonable, less destructive palliation 
than surgery. 

The third point is that modern radi- 
ation theoretically offers a better 

chance of eradicating all of the cancer 
than surgery. The radical mastectomy 
removes only the primary tumor and 
the nodes in the axilla. Radiation can 
also destroy primary tumor and 
axillary nodes, and in addition it may 
be able to eradicate cells in the in- 
ternal chest nodes. 

It is essential to realize that radia- 
tion, like surgery, is not without 
hazard. Radiation is a powerful tool 
and can burn healthy organs if not 
properly directed. The radiotherapist 
has to be watchful that his beam does 
not injure the lung or the spinal cord. 
The patient also must realize that 
during the course of the radiation 
there may be discomfort in swallowing 
as the rays hit the esophagus. Cough 
may also develop from the radiation's 
hitting the borders of the lungs. It is 
usually slight and transient. Some 
fibrosis of the breast is also to be 
expected. Usually minimal, it goes 
unnoticed by most patients; occasion- 
ally considerable, it can be alarming 
until its nature is understood. 

A disadvantage of the radiation 
program is that it takes time, at 
least six weeks and sometimes a good 
deal longer. The radiation has to 
cover the middle of the chest on both 
sides, and if the esophagus feels a 
little hot and painful, the therapy has 
to be slowed up or delayed. The length 
of the time required, however, is not 
theoretically disadvantageous, since 
more of the cells are given the chance 
to come into the phase of mitosis 
when they are theoretically more sen- 
sitive to the radiation. 

Finally, there is the psychological 
advantage to the woman of keeping 
her breast. The breast is part of 
woman's beauty; the art of our civili- 
zation tells us this. Woman's breasts 
are also a part of her sexuality. It is 
she who builds the infant and 
nourishes it after it is born. The 
breast is inherently part of the sur- 
vival of the race. What is so strange 
is that the surgeon has been so slow 
to realize how woman feels about her 
breasts. The only adequate explana- 
tion for his lack of feeling is that the 
problem of mutilation is too much for 


him to manage. Only when mutilation 
is put to him in terms of an analogy 
— the loss of his masculinity — does he 
react to it. 

Woman has been willing to put up 
with a mastectomy when she was 
told there was no other way to rid 
her of the tumor. Now that there is 
a feasible alternative, the efforts of 
medicine should be directed toward 
improving the non-mutilating ther- 
apy. She has a right to demand this 
of the profession. 


axilla The armpit, the space bound- 
ed in front by the pectoral muscles, 
behind by the latissimus muscle of 
the back, medially by the upper chest 
wall and laterally by the arm. It con- 
tains fat and lymph nodes. 
biopsy (needle) The removal from 
a tumor of a sliver of tissue by in- 
serting a large - bore, cylindrical 
needle with a special cutting device. 
biopsy (open) Removal of a piece 
of tumor by scalpel or other sharp 
instrument upon exposure of the 
tumor at operation. This approach 
permits removal of a big enough por- 
tion to be representative of the whole 
and may also include adjacent non- 
tumor tissue. Examination of the lat- 
ter permits pathologist to judge na- 
ture and extent of tumor cells, 
clavicle Collar bone 
fibrosis The growth of fibrous or 
connective tissue, the process by which 
wounds heal. The term is frequently 
used to imply excessive or overgrowth 
of fibrous tissue; that is, more cells 
than are needed. 

frozen section A thin slice of frozen 
tissue prepared for study of the cells 
under the microscope. Microscopic 
study of tissue requires the thinnest 
possible section so that light can pen- 
etrate it. Unfixed tissue is soft and 
impossible to slice thinly. Freezing 
the tissue fixes it so that a relatively 
thin section can be cut. Freezing can 
be accomplished quickly in a room 

adjacent to the operating room. The 
slice, however, is still too thick for 
clarity, and the cell pattern is fre- 
quently distorted by the freezing; 
conclusions from it are limited. Chem- 
ical fixing methods permit a much 
thinner slice but require many hours 
and are, therefore, not available to 
pathologist and surgeon at the time 
of operation. 

lymph nodes The sieves of the lym- 
phatic system. Arterial blood, venous 
blood and lymph are the three parts 
of the circulation. Lymph is the color- 
less, non-blood fluid draining all tis- 
sues. It flows from the tissue through 
the lymphatic channels to spill back 
into the blood stream at the base of 
the neck. On its way from tissue to 
blood stream, the lymph passes 
through one or more nodes where it 
is strained of particulate matter, in- 
cluding cancer cells and bacteria. 
mammograms X-ray photographs of 
the breast. In contrast to fatty tissue, 
the glands and supporting fibrous 
tissue of the breast impede the pass- 
age of the X-ray. Photographs taken 
on highly sensitive film can, there- 
fore, differentiate fat from the denser 
tissue. Benign and malignant tumors 
are revealed in characteristic patterns 
when so photographed. Although not 
infallible, such photographs may be of 
considerable diagnostic aid. 
mastectomy (radical) The operation 
removing breast, contents of the 
axilla and all but the uppermost por- 
tions of pectoralis major and minor 

mastectomy (simple) The operation 
removing only the breast. 
mitosis The process of multiplication 
of cells. As a cell divides, the two 
new cells share in the genetic essen- 
tials of the original cell. These es- 
sentials can be seen as darkly-stain- 
ing strands in the nucleus of the cell. 
These are called mitotic figures. They 
appear as the cell begins division and 
disappear as the division is com- 
pleted. These figures can be seen in 
a microscopic section of a cancer. 
Few in number in a slowly growing 

tumor, many are to be seen in the 

rapidly growing tumor. 

pectoral muscles (major and minor) 

Arise over the front of the chest wall 
below the clavicle and beneath the 
breast and insert into the front of 
the upper arm. The muscles pull the 
arm forward when behind and down- 
ward when raised and are the princi- 
pal muscles used in swimming and 

sternum The bone of the front of 
the chest in the mid-line to which the 
clavicle and ribs attach. 


1. Halsted, S. : "The results of radical 
operations for the cure of cancer 
of the breast." The Annals of Sur- 
gery, Vol. 46, pp. 1-19, 1907. 

2. Urban, J. A.: "What is the ration- 
ale for an extended radical proce- 
dure in early cases?" JAMA, 
199:10, pp. 742-743, 1967. 

3. Rouviere, H.: "Anatomie des lym- 
phatiques de l'homme." Paris, Mas- 
son et Cie., 1932. 

4. Mustakallio, S.: "Treatment of 
breast cancer by tumor extirpation 
and roentgen therapy instead of 
radical operation." The Journal of 
the Faculty of Radiologists, 6:1-4, 
p. 23, 1954-1955. 

5. Baclesse, F., Ennuyer, A. and Che- 
guillaume, J.: "Est-on autorise a 
pratiquer une tumorectomie simple 
suivie de radiotherapie en cas de 
tumeur mammaire?" Journal de 
Radiologic 41:3-4, p. 137, 1960. 

6. Peters, M. Vera: "Wedge resection 
and irradiation : An effective treat- 
ment in early breast cancer." 
JAMA, 200:2, 1934-1935, 1967. 

7. Montague, Eleanor D. : Personal 
Communication, (5 October) 1967. 

8. Cope, O., Wang, C. A., Schulz, M., 
Wang, C. C. and Castleman, B.: 
"Breast cancer reconsidered: The 
rationale for radiation therapy 
without mastectomy." Transactions, 
The New England Surgical Society. 
(October) 1967. 


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Elizabeth Eggleston, Green Level, Hampden- 

Sydney, Va. 23943 

Fund Agent 

Caroline Sharpe Sanders (Mrs. Marion S.), 585 

Withers Rd., Wytheville, Va. 24382 

On Founders' Day 1970, as the seniors 
came marching in to Sweet Briar's beautiful 
chapel singing Ancient of Days, the thrill of 
our own far-away Founders' Day and of our 
triumphant first march in caps and gowns 
re-enacted itself. We— Bertha, Flo, Carrie and 
I — were in the old chapel in the basement of 
Manson with Miss McVey and Miss Simrall 
beaming down on us from the platform, while 
around us thronged our contemporaries, 
strongly present and vigourously singing the 
old hymn. We were likewise "with it" in this 
1 970 ceremony and vividly interested in new 
faces and different procedures. 

The dedication of the Wailes College Center 
was completely satisfactory. The audience sat 
on a great terrace which looks down into 
Sweet Briar forest. The leaves were just turn- 
ing, the air was nippy and the speeches quite 

The Wailes Center has, among its excel- 
lences, a dining-room available not only to 
Sweet Briar's today-people, but to revenants 
like ourselves who can drop by for snack or 

Long before you read this letter, Carrie and 
Flo will have sent you a blow-by-blow ac- 
count of this year's Alumnae Council, its dis- 
cussions and decisions. Doubtless they will also 
have told you of skirts— mini, midi, and maxi 
— of pants suits and jeans and odd mixtures. 
The wearers were as winsome and vital as 
Sweet Briar students have always been. We 
were keenly interested and sometimes agape 
at the talks presented by two panels of stu- 
dents. These talks were thoughtful and 
thought-provoking, very much alive and of 
high quality. 

Flo Freeman Fowler's husband died in the 
early summer. She has left Hawaii and has 
bought an apartment in a charming old 
house in Charleston, S. C. 

It would be good if all Husky Bunch sur- 
vivors could make it back in June. Shall we 
circle June first on our calendars? 


Pauline Payne Backus (Mrs. Foster E.), 3600 

Spring Hill Rd., Birmingham, Ala. 35223 

Fund Agent 

Emily Jones Hodge (Mrs. Hanson H.), 112 

Alapocas Dr., Wilmington, Del. 19803 

In October Foster and I visited Marg Cramer 
Crane and Bill in Conn. While the husbands 
went to the races, Marg and I feasted our- 
selves in gourmet restaurants. The Cranes had 
just returned from visiting Lois Allen Perkins 
and Jack in Gates Mills, Ohio. 

Have you watched the T.V. series Nancy? 
The handsome leading man, John Fink, is the 
son of our Elise Mo Hey Fink of Grosse Pointe 
Farms, Mich. I think he resembles Elise and 
I'm sure she is most proud of his success. He 
starred on Broadway in the roll of Thomas 
Jefferson in 1776 last year. 

Gretchen Orr Swift's husband died in June 
and she continues her full-time private practice 
of social work. In April she is planning a trip 
to Paris to visit one of her twin daughters, 
Adele Pastuhov, and family who are living 
outside of Paris for two years. 

Kathryn Reid Emmott has lived in Douglas, 
Ariz., the past 20 years. Her husband died 
18 years ago and she travels extensively. She 
lives near her two daughters and loves Ari- 

Laura Boy n ton Rowlings and husband, after 
23 years in Flint, Mich., moved to nearby 
Grand Blanc, Mich. Her husband gave up 
his private practice of medicine and took a 
position at the Wayne State Medical School 
in Detroit preparing taped and illustrated lec- 
tures for interns on recent developments in 
genetics. Laura's daughter, Sarah, is an ad- 
ministrative assistant to a V.P. at the U. of 
Cal. at Berkeley. Her son, Boynton, is an 
attorney in Paris and Laura and Mott spent 
last Christmas visiting them. Laura Is on 
several boards and one national one and goes 
to NYC often to meetings. 

Helen Smyser Talbott lives in Stamford, 
Conn., and has three granddaughters living 
in the same town, so she states she has very 
little leisure time even in retirement. 

Libbo Mathews Wallace states that now that 
everybody is equal and there is no one to "do 
for," she just plays bridge and enjoys her 
five grandchildren who live nearby. 

Our son. Bill, hopefully will graduate from 
the U. of Maryland in June. I keep busy with 
the Red Cross and editing the AAUW Bulletin 
for Birmingham. We adore living here. It's 
living at its finest and I wish you all would 
come down here and see how life was really 
meant to be. If you're bored of all this news 
of me shut it off by sending news of you for 
our yearly column. 


Hester Kraemer Avery (Mrs. James T., Jr.), 

9005 Vernon View Dr., Alexandria, Va. 22308 

Fund Agent 

Pat Whitford Allen (Mrs. Nicholas E.), 5313 

Blackistone Rd., Washington, D. C. 20016 

As our Class Notes go to press we learn with 
sorrow ond regret the news of the sudden death 
of Oscar W. Burnett, husband of Juliet Halliburton 
Burnett of Greensboro. Oscar died on Dec. 8, 1970. 
He was a man of great good humor and kindness, 
and he gave sparkling encouragement to Judy dur- 
ing her years of service to the College. Judy was 
President of the Alumnae Association, 1962-64; she 
has been a class Fund Agent, she has been one 
of the Top Bulb Sellers in our Bulb Project, and 
she is now a member of the Board of Overseers 
of Sweet Briar. 

It doesn't always pay to go to reunions! 
It was fun, wonderful, inspiring — the mountains 
of Virginia have never looked lovelier. But 
don't believe that part about class elections 
being held at the class picnics. Pat Whitford 
Allen and I drove down from Washington one 
day late, and discovered we had "volunteered" 
to be Fund Agent and Class Secretary, respec- 
tively. Of course, there were mitigating cir- 
cumstances. Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle is 
President of the Alumnae Association, Juliet 
Halliburton Burnett is on the Board of Over- 
seers of the College, Elizabeth Broun Trout is 
heading up a new Continuing Education project 
for the Association, and Rebecca Marriner has 
already performed her duties as class secre- 
tary. Since there were only the six of us pres- 
ent for the 35th reunion of the Class of '35, 
Pat and I bowed gracefully to the will of the 

Some thirty of you filled in and returned the 
questionnaires to Sallle Flint von Kann, many 
with family snapshots, all of which Sallle col- 
lected for us in a lovely scrapbook. It made 
great reading at reunion. Some of the news: 
Some wives are combining a career with 
marriage, Joyce Hobart Bullard is a teacher, as 
is Betty Fox Moon, who lists her part-time 
activity as "housewife." Mary Frances Willis 
Kempe, with her husband, owns and operates 
two farms In Orange, Va., and is proud of 
the hams they cure. Bright Bickerstaff West is 
an insurance agent. Roberta Cope Gerlach is 
the Children's Librarian of the Needham Public 
Library. Marion Walker Alcaro is a free lance 
writer in the magazine field in Morris town, 
N.J. Incidentally, Marion's physician son, 
Joseph, is 33 l 2, and she believes he is the class 
baby. Are there any challenges? Thought I 
had the youngest in the class, Bobbie, aged 14, 
but Eleanor Townsend Rector lists a daughter 
twelve years old. Gen Crossman Stevens has 
just moved into a mobile home in a new park 
in Clearwater, Fla., where her husband is sales 
manager, and she will help sell, too. This is 
in addition to her job as Clerk for the Christian 
Science Church. The rest of us, as well as 
those mentioned above, are all involved in 
countless fields of volunteer activity. 

Rebecca Marriner was the only one of our 
career girls to get down for reunion. She is 
a teacher of deaf and aphasic children at the 
Western Penna. School for the Deaf. Julia 
Peterkin is on the Girl Scout National Field 


Staff in Independence, Mo. But she is mostly 
on fabulous trips, the last being to Iran, 
Nepal, Afghanistan and Delhi, India. She 
writes of seeing Ann Spiers Jessup in New 
York last winter, where Ann is in the real 
estate business. Helen Wolcott is a Technical 
Assistant for the Board of Governors of the 
Federal Reserve System. Alice La u bach, is a 
librarian with the American Enka Corp. in 
Asheville, N.C. 

Several classmates are travelling to the Far 
East. Martha Jones Betts' husband is Medical 
Secretary of the Div. of World Missions for 
the United Methodist Church, and she accom- 
panies him on his visits to all manner of 
places in Africa, Central and South America, 
India, and Nepal. Mary Dunglinson Day was 
leaving on a trip with her husband to Tokyo, 
Hong Kong and Bangkok last May 26th. Bright 
Bickerstaff West attended Rotary International 
Convention in Honolulu in May, a return after 
thirty years. Elizabeth Broun Trout has been 
on a trip to Austria with her husband. 

From the questionnaires I gather most of 
you are happy that our young people are 
concerned about their responsibilities, and that 
every one is becoming aware of the problems 
of pollution and over-population (not in that 
order). Many are concerned about the law- 
lessness abroad in the land, the violence and 
the drug addiction. It was heartening to read 
that all of us wish Sweet Briar to continue as 
a small liberal arts college for women, in- 
stilling spiritual values and concern for others, 
while continuing to be intellectually stimulating 
and aware of the changing needs of the stu- 

As you may be aware, class notes are re- 
stricted to a once-a-year basis, and also 
limited as to space, since there are now 61 
classes reporting. Please remember me at 
Christmas, along with your Christmas cards, 
and I shall try to put out a class letter later 
in the year. There is still so much information 
about children and grandchildren, as well as 
volunteer activities, on your questionnaires, 
that I could not include in this issue. 

My husband, Jimmie, retired in July after 
34 years in the Army and three wonderful 
tours in Europe. We now live in the Mount 
Vernon area, south of Alexandria, Va. Please 
call me if you are in the Washington area. I 
always love an excuse to go to lunch! 


Mary Jeffery Welles Pearson (Mrs. John V.), 
2 Park Circle, Luray, Va. 22835 

Fund Agent 

Lucy Gordon Jeffers (Mrs. William N.), 40 E. 

88th St., 9F, New York, N. Y. 10028 

Eleanor (Connie) Wallace Price says that 
her son Sam is married and living in George- 
town, Md. Sam has returned from duty in 
Korea and is a 1st Lt. at Ft. Carson, Colo. 
Daughter Harriett is at the U. of Arizona. 
Connie and husband are the proud owners 
of a yawl which they sail on the Sassafras 
River and Chesapeake Bay. 

Betty Barnes Bird is home after a number 
of years in Ghana and Germany. Bill had 
a heart attack in April but has made a good 
recovery. Son Stonewall Jackson was married 
to Julia Cecelia Davis of Napa, Calif., on 
Sept. 5. David is a senior at Washington 

College; Tippy (15) and Ric (14) are in high 
school at home. 

Augusta Saul Edwards' daughter Betsy S.B. 
'70 was married to Esley Offit Anderson III, 
on Sept. 5. They are living in Decatur, Ga. 
while he is a graduate student in business at 
Emory U. Before the wedding Betsy spent six 
weeks in Europe while her brother John was 
there leading an Osborne Tour. John has 
graduated from U. Va. Law School, has taken 
his Bar Exam and is on active duty with the 
Marines. Tom, the eldest, is serving his second 
year with the Navy as a doctor and expects 
to be back in Charlottesville next summer. 
He and Ebbie, a SBC alumna, have three 
children. Gussie enjoyed a summer visit from 
Lucile Umbreit. 

A letter from Ruth Harmon Kaiser says 
"Judy and Gordie have a charming young 
daughter. They are living in N. Y., close 
enough for us to see them from time to time. 
Mac is a graduate student at Duke; Andy, 
a senior here at Hun School; Art keeps busy 
at the Gallup Organ; while I'm finishing my 
Master's Degree." 

Jean Oliver Sartor has a son in pre-med 
at W & L. Their eldest, Libby, is studying at 
SMU; Oliver (14) is in 10th grade, a real 
"sport nut." He spent a summer in England 
with the Texas Longhorn Soccer group. Jean 
(11) is in 7th grade. Says J. O., "Alton and 
I are fine— I'm fatter, he's thinner, and we're 
both grayheaded! And nostalgic for the good 
old days of '39." 

Charlotte Dunn Blair's son got home safely 
from Viet Nam in spite of having been a 1st 
Lt. in a Phantom Jet and up twice a day 
from Danang. Charlotte is working full-time 
with the Newark Board of Education as an 
MSW at a junior high of 1,200 pupils, mostly 

Gertrude Robertson Midlen's daughter, back 
from Germany, lives in West Orange, N. J.; 
John Jr. has been sworn in as a lawyer — the 
4th generation of lawyers in the family. 

Lillian Smith edits a movie magazine called 
Movieland and TV Time. Lil would love to 
hear from any '39ers passing through N. Y. 
She can be reached at her office and is in 
the phone book under L. M. Smith. Week-ends 
in N. J. 

Mardie Hodill Smith says, "Courtie's hus- 
band, Don Shaffer, went back to school last 
year and got his MBA at Pitt. He is now with 
Armco, and they and our very cute 21/2 year- 
old grandson are living in Monroe, Ala. 

Helen McCreery James has a son, Colin, at 
Colorado College and a daughter, Tracy, at 
the Kent School in Englewood, Colo. 

Statistics from Kitty Lawder Stephenson: 
daughter Jane Stephenson Wilson S.B. '67 re- 
ceived her Masters at U.N.C. and married in 
'69, now teaches at Waynesboro High, while 
her husband attends U. Va. Law School. Son 
Sam married Dec. '68 and gave them a grand- 
daughter in Nov. '69; is now at U. of S. C. 
Law School. Nan is at Clemson. 

Our first-born, Betty, is married and teach- 
ing at a high school in Charlotte; son Jack, 
who graduated from a computer-programming 
school in June, spent the summer in Europe 
with the Experiment in Internationa! Living, 
and is now doing historical research while 
looking for a permanent job. Our youngest, 
Sally, is taking courses at nearby Blue Ridge 
College. John and 1 became deeply involved 
in our country's first historical festival, which 
will be an annual affair each September. 
Hope some of you will attend sometime. 


Nancy Pingree Drake (Mrs. Emerson H.), 175 

Foreside Rd., Falmouth, Me. 04105 

Fund Agent 

Brooks Barnes, 400 Brookline Ave., Boston, 

Mass. 02215 

Sarah Louise Adams Bush faithfully made 
her trek East from Dallas for Alumnae Council. 
The weekend was climaxed by the dedication 
of the new Wailes College Center. Among 
those fortunate to be there were Esther Jett 
Holland, Lucy Kiker Jones and Anne Noyes 
Awtrey. A week later Ouija was back again 
for Parents' Day with senior Jeanette, as was 
Kitty Doar Jones with her senior daughter 

I had the brief pleasure of meeting Karen 
Kniskern White's daughter-in-law while she 
and Terry were stationed in Portland with the 
Navy. She is a darling and filled her days 
with spot jobs on local T. V. Philip is stationed 
at Fort Hood in Texas. 

Ouija had seen Gloria Zick Sigars, un- 
fortunately not under happy circumstances, as 
Gloria was hospitalized for 3 weeks in Dallas. 

Brooks Barnes, our ever-faithful nurse, is 
working harder than ever at Childrens Hos- 
pital in Boston. She says she gets more and 
more involved with the current drug problems 
of the young people. Although very pleased 
and grateful for our 1969-70 44% class con- 
tribution to the Alumnae Fund, she wishes we 
had been able to reach the all-Important 50% 

I always catch Nancy Bean White at the 
peak of her political activities. Nevertheless, 
she took the time to announce plans for pro- 
duction of husband, Ted's, play in Princeton 
in February. Hey den and David are at Rad- 
cliffe and Harvard. 

An enthusiastic letter from our new class 
golf "pro" Barbara Briggs Quinn in La Jolla. 
Retired from church choir, Republican Wo- 
men's Comm. and Jr. League volunteer work, 
she has become a star on the links. Sporting 
a 10 handicap, she plays on the Women's So. 
Cal. Golf Ass'n. and in "invitationals" all over 
Southern Cal. She and her husband. Bill, or- 
ganized and instructed their own club Jr. 
golf program. Barbie strongly promotes Jr. 
golf as one answer to "hippie iconoclasticism 
and drugs." Youngsters from 15 or more na- 
tions all over the world come to join multi- 
state American players in San Diego County. 
The officials (all women) are volunteers who, 
with their industry, glean from the Andy 
Williams Invitational, $25,000 annually. This 
provides equipment, playing privileges, etc. for 
youngsters unable to buy their own. Bill is 
a real estate broker and land developer who 
hopes to work into "planned residential dev." 
Their daughter Tuck graduated from U. of 
Cal. in '63 with a B.S. in Soc, is now Ass't 
Administrator to the Head of the Dept. of 
Public Works of Cal. 

Frances Simmons Byerly and her husband 
have both resigned from their faculty positions 
at the U. of N. C. to move next summer to 
Lewistown, Mont, where Ken has a news- 

It was almost a year ago that I received a 
newspaper clipping of Clare Eager Matthai, 
the president of the Board of Trustees of the 
Children's Hospital and Rehabilitation Center 
in Utica. The Board had received a healthy 
check from Oneida County March of Dimes to 
support the birth defects evaluation clinic op- 
erated at the Center. 


Mary Love Ferguson Sanders, Jr. is back 
at SMU in Dallas, studying anthropology in 
the graduate school. 

Janice Fitzgerald Wellons has cut her piano 
students to 27 and still serves on the state 
board of N. C. Fed. of music clubs. Her 
daughter, Jan, is a senior engineering major 
at Duke, Margaret a soph, math major at 
Salem and youngest daughter a jr. high 
baskeball player. 

The Petersmeyers, Frances Gregg and 
Wrede, packed more into 1 year than most 
can In 10. They toured the Hawaiian Islands, 
had 2 weeks in Mexico, vacationed on Shelter 
Island off Long Island, fished in the Colorado, 
played golf in Ga. and spent Christmas in 
Jamaica. Sandwiched in was the merger of 
Wrede's Corinthian Broadcasting Corp. with 
Dun and Bradstreet. Their children find equal- 
ly fascinating jobs. Gregg, a soph, at Harvard, 
assisted with the astronauts' banquet in L. A., 
and Susan, a graduate in English from U. of 
Cal. at Berkeley, had a most rewarding job 
as "an interne" on the White House staff, 
followed by 6 weeks at the Publications 
School at Radcliffe. 

Camille Guyton Guething, Ted, and their 2 
boys cruised the Maine Coast, loved it 
enough to want to make it a habit. Oldest 
daughter, Stephanie, had an "old-fashioned" 
wedding in July and is now teaching in Bire's 
Creek, N. C. Eldest, Ted, Jr., is in Colorado 
and Carol, the youngest, at Lake Forest Col- 

Muriel Grymes Blumenthal and Alex have 
finished building their house in Md. She says 
they spend as much time in NYC as "pollution 

Posey Haizard Potter announces their son, 
Al's, marriage in June. His bride is teaching 
while Al finishes at Brown. 

Primrose Johnston Craven just returned from 
the West coast where she was a delegate at 
the Girl Scout Convention. One son, Chris, is 
a senior in college in England and Felicity is 
at Hollins. 

Prentis Jones Hale has her son back from 
Viet Nam and discharged from the Marines. 
Twin son, Sam, is a jr. in Fine Arts at B. U. 
and Tom a senior at Exeter where he com- 
bines pole-vaulting and sculpting. Prentis con- 
tinues her job as studio director of Recording 
For the Blind in New Haven, while her hus- 
band's job takes him all over New England 
as a consultant. 

Congratulations to Lucy Kiker Jones. She's a 
grandmother. She has moved from New 
Orleans to Virginia. For keeps— she hopes. 

Anne Mitchell Albyn has 4 daughters, one 
of whom is at Indiana Univ., another at Ohio 
Univ. 9 yr. old Tom rounds-out the family 

Margaret Swindell Dickerman keeps busy 
with her daughters' weddings and grand- 
children beginning to appear on the scene. 

The Angsts, Weezy Woodruff and John, are 
happy as can be in St. Louis and building an 
addition on their house. Chuck graduated from 
Princeton and is working in NYC. "Woody" 
is a senior at Lake Forest and "Weezy" a 
soph, at Mary Institute. Weezy sees Dottie 
Campbell Scribner and Dottie Friday, who 
teaches school in the lower grades of a 
private school. 

Polly Boswell Fosdick, in Madison, Wis. 
writes, "We're like newly-weds, no children, 
no money." All 3 in college at once, son and 
daughter at Univ. of Wise, and younger son 
at Colorado State. 

To wind-up things, we, the Drakes, have 
moved 1 mile away from our colonial house 

of 20 yrs. residence into a contemporary house 
on the water, which Em and I have spent 
the last year remodelling. Both David and 
Peter finished at U. Va. in June. David is now 
taking pre-med sciences at the U. of Vermont 
and Peter is teaching tennis at an indoor 
tennis center near Boston while job-hunting 
for next fall— perhaps in day-school work. 
Pam is a happy junior at SBC, House Pres. of 
Manson, and joining all the wrong groups — 
Bum Chums and Chung Mungs. Jonathan has 
finished his first fall term at Andover, very 
enthusiastic over not only the superior faculty 
and courses, but soccer at the Freshman level. 


Ann Marshall Whitley (Mrs. Jesse), 7312 High 

Dr., Prairie Village, Kansas 66208 

Fund Agent 

Sara Ann McMullen Lindsey (Mrs. Douglas), 

6104 Woodmont Rd., Alexandria, Va. 22307 

As usual your correspondent has another 
new address for 1 970. Please note above if 
you feel like communicating. This is move 
if; 22 in 20 years for me. Once again I am 
nailing up pictures, pulling weeds from some- 
one else's garden and daily groaning over a 
predecessor's taste. I spent 10 months in the 
Chicago area, moving back to Kansas City last 
June. I attended several SBC meetings while 
there, and had the opportunity of meeting 
some of our active alumnae from that area as 
well as students now in college. 

I talked with Shirley Levis Johnson and Sue 
Morton Sorenson who had both moved from 
the Chicago area but had returned. Shirley 
was in Atlanta and Sue in Dayton. They were 
glad to be back in "home territory" and were 
involved in the usual cycle of children's activi- 
ties and community work. 

Sara Ann McMullen Lindsey says she saw 
both Ginna Walker Christian and Judy Burnett 
Halsey at a Conservation Forum. Cynthia 
Bemiss Stuart is on the State Commission in 
Va. to found a Technological and Nature 
Museum. Ginna has a son at Hampden-Sydney 
and Judy's Mary Shaw is at Sweet Briar while 
her eldest daughter is at Smith. Peggy 
Robertson Christian has moved back to Rich- 
mond from Danville and Joan McCoy Edmonds 
has returned to the States from several years 
in Brussels. She is now in Sewickly, Pa. 

Most of my information seems to concern 
our Virginia contingent, no doubt because I 
took a lovely trip in August (college-hopping 
with my daughters, Cindy, 14, and Libby, 17, 
with my mother along as our cruise guide 
and social mentor). Naturally we included 
SBC on the list and our visit on campus was 

After looking at 10 colleges, both of the 
girls agreed that SBC cannot be touched for 
its campus and scenic beauty. Libby was so 
impressed that she has submitted an applica- 
tion for next year! I saw many changes tak- 
ing place on campus. A new College Center 
was under construction as well as the new 
Harriet Rogers Riding Center. The Riding Center 
is on the hill behind the Dairy. It is not quite 
such a hill anymore as the state highway 
department kindly leveled the hill in return 
for the soil to use in their grading for the 
new super highway that now swings past the 
main gate. I can thank my old friend, Julie 
Mills Jacobsen '45, for my tour of the Riding 

Center. She was on campus with a very fancy 
Jeep which was imperative for negotiating the 
ruts past the Dairy. The old ruts will soon 
be gone also as a new road is on the blue 

I stopped in Richmond for a day and called 
Nan Hart Stone who had all kinds of informa- 
tion. Her son Alan is at Princeton and Bill is 
at VPI. She tells me that Maria Gregory Tabb 
is handling her husband's insurance business 
since his untimely death, and is a past presi- 
dent of the Colonial Dames. 

A call over to Sedalia, Mo., found LaVonne 
Wright Lebahn missing Jimmy, who is a fresh- 
man at Drury College in Springfield. Things 
are still peppy with Ann, a H.S. junior and 
Kate, 7th grade still home. LaVonne hears 
from Cecil Butler Williams, who is still in 
Tuscaloosa and from Margaret Ellen White 
Van Buren, who has left London and is now 
in Tokyo. 

Congratulations are in order for Aimee Des 
Pland Gibbons. She received her B.A. degree 
in modern languages from St. Andrews Presby- 
terian College in Laurinburg, N.C., on May 
24th and did so well she also received "un- 
official" high honors. To encourage others to 
go back she says, "Middle aged returnees 
aren't smarter, but we have the built-in ad- 
vantage of more years experience with life, 
and like Avis we try harder. So give it the 
old school try girls!" Adding to her hectic 
summer, Aimee's daughter Kate was married 
in June to a classmate from N.C. State where 
they are both still students. 

Sue Van Cleve Riehl is a grandmother! This 
is the first grandchild that I know of for our 
class. If there are any others let me know 
and we will salute accordingly. Also if by an 
off chance there are any new offspring 
among class members before our 25th, keep 
me posted and we will arrange a special 
commendation service for June of '72. 

Acting Secretary 

Barbara Lasier Edgerley (Mrs. Wm. M.), La- 

Moille, Illinois 61330 

Fund Agent 

Sally Anderson Blalock (Mrs. Carlisle), 7011 

Desco Dr., Dallas, Texas 75225 

It is with deep regret that I am a substitute 
for my roommate to write this column. Wing- 
field Ellis Parker died on Feb. 28, 1970, from 
cancer. I know you would all wish to extend 
your sympathy to her husband, Dick, and 

Elizabeth Brawner Bingham's three boys keep 
her busy den-mothering. She reports all spare 
time is channelled toward an "Art Goes to 
School" project which will be six packaged 
slide-lectures on Oriental, Indian, African, 
European, American Indian, and American Art. 

Sue Lockley Glad has been busy renovating 
an "older" home, and is still involved in poli- 
tics, school, Cubs, church, and charitable volun- 
teer activities— a trip to Hawaii in March was 
a welcome respite. 

Audrey Breitinger Lauer's husband has been 
Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church since 
Sept. '68. She says, "Love living in Maine in 
Camden by the Sea.' Taking art course, as- 
sisted in coaching high school hockey team, 
busy being a clergy wife, active in AFS." We 
understand she is active in the local AAUW, 
garden club, and host to many teenagers— 


they have been a half-way house (unofficially) 
for some of the children. They have three 
children; Pixie (jr. in high school) is interested 
in Sweet Briar. 

Barbara Sue Bauman Robinson is still office 
manager at Executive Register Inc. in New 
Canaan and loves her job. Jackie Woods 
Gorman and her family— five children from 20 
to 3 years — enjoy their vacation home on the 
Eastern Shore. All drove to a ranch in the 
Wyoming Tetons last summer — six days in a 
car helps bridge the generation gap, she says. 

Patty Lynas Ford and family are enthusiastic 
about their California mountain camping. 
Richard, almost 15, is six feet, a freshman in 
high school; Elizabeth, 13, is taller than Patty; 
Becca, 6th grade, is a flute player and lover 
of horses; husband Dick continues at St. 
Mark's in Santa Clara. 

Mono Wilson Beard, Will, and daughters 
Virginia and Barbara are enjoying three years 
in Hawaii. Walt and Ruth Magee Peterson 
write son Charles is in Jr. High, Diane in 1st 
grade, everyone "launched" now. Osbourne 
and Kathy Phinizy Mackie have moved to 
Martinsville, Va., but still miss Ireland. 

Nancy Snoke Garrett's husband is vice-pres. 
of Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. in NYC. Nancy 
started a "Meals on Wheels" program in West- 
field, N.J., in October of 1968 to feed elderly, 
ill or handicapped. 

Terry Faulkner Phillips wrote: "Out on our 
farm again. Son, Charley (10) is driving tractor 
and helping Dad with farm work. Terry (14) 
and her horse, Rebel, have been In quite a few 
horse shows and have done well. My pig had 
9 piglets. Charley's cow had a calf (2nd 
member of Wes's beef herd!) and C's cat had 

Our sympathy is belatedly extended to Jo- 
anne Williams Ray on the sudden death of 
her husband, Jimmy, a year ago June. 

Our family had a good trip to Denver and 
environs this summer, col lege- looking for 
David, junior in high school; Barbie is a soph- 
omore, Melinda in 8th grade. 

This June — 1971 — is our 20th reunion, so 
mark your calendars and come back to the 
Patch. These past five years have brought 
many changes; you'll want to see for yourself. 


Nancy Douthat Goss (Mrs. Lane W.) 5 Metcalf 

St., Worcester, Mass. 01609 

Fund Agent 

Ruth Campbell VanDerpoel (Mrs. Charles K.) 

15 Lynnfield Dr., Morristown, N. J. 07960 

Greetings from your new class secretary, 
who has always thought Jane Feltus Welch's 
act was a tough one to follow. I'll try to keep 
up her good example only In writing class 
notes — her theatrical endeavors are something 
else. She's worked professionally in Louisville, 
had an audition at Lincoln Center, and hopes 
to do a show a year in companies in her 
geographic area. She also manages to juggle 
the usual domestic demands of a husband and 
three children and look just the same. 

In fact, the 15 of us who came to our 15th 
reunion looked remarkably the same as we 
did years ago at SBC (says your grey-haired 
secretary) and enjoyed tremendously seeing 
each other and the college and all that's going 
on there. We all loved Nancy Anderson Shep- 
herd's well-done scrapbook. Manda McThenia 

lodice came from Rochester, Mich, where her 
husband is a college professor and she tends 
their 7 and 3 -year old boys and works on 
preserving historic sites in the area. From 
Rochester, N. Y. came Elise Wachenfeld de 
Papp, who combines being mother of three 
and being Assistant Professor of Pathology at 
the Univ. of Rochester Med. School. Babs 
Garforth Jackson and Frances Bell Shepherd 
came from Birmingham. Sandy Rhodes Carlen 
came from Salem, Va., in a camper-van. Betty 
Byrne Gill Chaney is a school volunteer and 
a busy church worker. From Richmond came 
Phyllis Joyner, a corporation lawyer and Pam 
Compton Ware who is kept busy by three 
boys, a physician's erratic schedule and by 
being a member of the vestry of St. James 
Church. Another church and political worker 
is Pat Smith Ticer in Alexandria, Va. where 
Shirley Sutliff Cooper, and husband Tom and 
three children have moved to a great roomy 
house with a view of the Potomac. Anne 
Williams Manchester and I came to SBC by 
way of Alexandria — we drove with our re- 
spective 4-year olds from Massachusetts to 
dump the children on grandmothers while we 

Susan Seward Vick has two girls Brownie 
age, and two older boys— one at UVa. This 
is a distinction now shared by Catherine Cage 
Bruns. Ruth Campbell Van Derpoel added to 
her duties as nursery school teacher, den 
mother and board member of the Beard 
School, the job of Class Fund Agent. Do make 
her job (and mine) easier by sending in your 
gift soon and adding notes for class news on 
the flap of your envelope. 

Vida and Harry Stringer report they are 
the joyous parents of Geoya Radin Stringer, 
who arrived August 31, 1970. 

In Wilmington, Del. Ren is Siner Pa ton, on 
Feb. 11, became the surprised mother of twin 
girls — (Catherine and Sarah. She says there 
was no hint there would be two. Her older 
children are Re nee 14, Betsy 13, and Polly 5. 
It seems some arrangement could be worked 
out with Sally Oberlin Stevens, mother of 5 
boys. That's the third set of twins, according 
to class scrapbooks — Nancy McCray Gamble 
has boys and Jane Lindsey Riddel I also has 
girls. Jan. 24, 1970 Catherine Cage Mooney 
became Mrs. Harry D. Bruns (no relation to 
Chase Lane Bruns — but it does seem amazing 
for roommates!) Our class banker in this trans- 
action acquired stepson Peter at the Univ. 
and stepdaughter Peyton, age 14, a farm not 
too far from SBC, and she already has son 
Michael age 10 and her job as Co-chm. 
Women's Banking Dept. of the River Oaks Bank 
and Trust. 

Mitzi Streit Halla writes from Teheran that 
they have had visits from both families, have 
made trips to Afghanistan and Greece, and 
shorter ones in Iran and have their boys, ages 
5 and 7, in school with children from 30 
different countries. 

Ginger Finch is working toward a Ph.D. in 
biology and living in the wild on a research 
project at the Univ. of Nairobi, Kenya! Liz 
Rector Keener, husband, and son Ross, age 8, 
are in Bangkok, Thailand with the Army and 
are enjoying it immensely, hoping to see a 
lot of the Orient before they return in 1971. 

Clara Pfeiffer Rodes' address Is Brussels, 
Belgium — does anyone know more news than 

If this is a dull, wintery day and the far- 
thest you've been in weeks is the grocery 
store, you're really in the majority— don't let 
all these reports of exotic spots get to you. 

We have as many Cub and Brownie leaders 
as we do world travellers. What's hard to 
take is those who do both! Charlotte Taylor 
Miller is Pres. of Nightingale-Bamford School 
Alumnae Assn., also is on its Board of 
Trustees, is a brownie leader and is Chairman 
of the Docent Committee of the Colonial 
Dames of America, and last year travelled to 
South Africa, Rhodesia and Kenya. 5usan 
Seward and Clyde Vick were in the Near 
East last winter— in Egypt with armed guards 
on street corners and also in Greece. 

Phyl Herndon divides time between Spring- 
field, III. and St. Louis, but wasn't at reunion 
because she was in Romania with friends 
making travel films and then went to England 
and to Ascot. The Gosses went to England in 
1970, too, but it doesn't sound terribly exotic, 
especially with boys 8 and 10. They were lots 
of fun and Woody and I loved seeing things 
we hadn't seen in 10 years. We have 8 class- 
mates in Calif., all of whom started life 
somewhere else. Joan Kells Cook writes: "At 
last we bought our first house in California, 
a few blocks from the ocean. Duncan is an 
advisor to Army Reserves in Los Angeles. The 
big city's a change for us, but we like it." 

Bar Plamp and George Hunt and three 
children have moved to Salinas, Calif, where 
George is now rector of St. Paul's Church. 

Keep those cards, checks and letters coming 
in, and we'll have a newsletter in May. 


Judy Sorley Chalmers (Mrs. Douglas A. S.) 29 
Marion Ave., Short Hills, N. J. 
Fund Agent 

Ann Eagles Carrel! (Mrs. William), 605 Wat- 
age Dr., Louisville, Ky. 

Ann Pegram Lyle to Byron Harris, Nov., 1969. 

To Caroline Blake Whitney, 3rd child, 3rd son, 

Dec. 24, 1968. 
To Erna Arnold Westwig, 2nd child, 1st son, 

Erik, Sept., 1969. 
To Jini Jones Dyer, 3rd child, 1st son, Richard 

Hemenway III ("Rusty") Oct. 15, 1969. 
To Sallie Armfield McMillion, a daughter, 

Mary Evans, Nov. 11, 1969. 
To Dede U)f Mayer, 2nd child, 2nd son, 

Thomas Shannon, Jan. 17, 1970. 
To Judy Sorley Chalmers, 3rd child, 2nd son, 

Christopher John Merrow, March 1, 1970. 

I write this having just returned from 3 
glorious days at Sweet Briar — an opportunity 
in the fall that can only be likened to a 
transfusion. The occasion was Alumnae Coun- 
cil—a special one at that— for it included the 
dedication of the new Wailes College Center, 
an absolutely gorgeous and thrilling addition 
to the campus. Chips Chao Pat ('57) and I 
flew down from N. J. and were met at the 
Lynchburg airport by Snowdon Durham Tyler. 
Snowdon, looking great and her usual fun 
self, was full of news of her 3-week trip last 
spring to St. Andrew's, Scotland, to visit her 
sister, Louise Durham Purvis ('61 ). Barbie 
Sampson Borsch, who was also at Sweet 
Briar (as Chairman of the alumnae In Region 
VII), has been traveling, too. Her husband 
Fred, a professor of the New Testament, spent 
the summer studying in Germany, so Barbie 
took their 3 sons and went to England — 
London, Peterborough and Birmingham. While 


at SBC, Barbie and I phoned Tabb Thornton 
Farinholt. Tabb keeps busy these days teach- 
ing 11th grade English and history at the 
Hampton Rhodes Academy near Gloucester, 
Va. She and Blair are settled in their new 
home on the water. Also at SBC for a day was 
Betsy Duke Seaman. Betsy, Barbie, Snowdon 
and I had great fun plotting future oppor- 
tunities for alumnae to visit SBC with their 
families — perhaps for Dr. Edwards' week- long 
ecology course in the summer. Can you think 
of anything more delightful than living on 
campus, turning your children loose in the 
dells, having organized activities for the 
children and a stimulating contemporary 
course for yourself — all in a week in say late 
June? RSVP if it appeals! 

Barbie caught us up on some of our Chicago 
area classmates. She sees quite a bit of 
Sally Mayfield Schreiner, whose husband is 
principal of the Glenbrook South High School 
in Glenview, 111. She also sees Ginny Merchant 
Noyes who has 3 children, is quite active in 
the Jr. League, and evidently is a great 
gourmet cook! Ginny gave a welcoming 
luncheon for Gay Hart Gaines who moved 
with husband, Stanley, and 4 children from 
Scarsdale, N. Y. to a country home in the 
Chicago area in Aug. of '69. Also there was 
Pat Davis Sutker whom Barbie had bumped 
into when both were vacationing with their 
families in Rockford, III. Pat is very active in 
the League of Women Voters. 

From Argentina comes word from Caroline 
Blake Whitney. With 3 sons she still finds 
time to organize study groups for the Uni- 
versity Women's Club of Buenos Aires, is 
active in a garden club, studies painting 
ceramics, plays tennis and rides! The latter, 
she says, is mostly an excuse to accompany 
her husband when he plays polo. Ann Peg- 
ram Harris writes that she and Byron mar- 
ried in Nov. '69 and added Byron's 6 year 
old son to her "small army." Her son Jack, 12, 
was injured by a car last year but has fully 
recovered. Elizabeth Johnston Lipscomb was 
disappointed to miss 1 Oth reunion, but her 
2 small sons chose that week to come down 
with mumps! Elizabeth teaches 1 class at the 
new Va. Highlands Community College while 
her husband Lloyd has 2 congregations and 
is active on the board of the local OEO 
Community Action Agency. Ann Eagles Carrel! 
is active on the boards of her church, the 
Louisville Orchestra's Women's Ass'n and the 
younger Woman's Club of Louisville. Her son, 
Bill, is 2. 

Connie Fitzgerald Lange's husband Dick 
continues as General Counsel to Mohasco In- 
dustries in Schenectady, N. Y. Connie's 3rd 
grade son and twins in nursery school keep 
her busy, but she is also Recording Sec'y of 
the Jr. League. Anne Wimbish Kasanin writes 
from Calif, that they traveled to Greece in 
'68 and in the summer of '69 to the island of 
Maui in Hawaii where they are part owners 
of a beach front apartment. Betsy Salisbury 
Creekmore and Wade have returned to Jack- 
son, Miss., after 10 years. Wade practices law 
with his brother, and the Creekmores have 3 
daughters, 9, 6 and 2. 

Martha Burnet Carlisle and husband took 
Robby, 10, and Burnet, 7, on the "see your 
Nation's Capital" tour recently. They later 
visited in Spartanburg with Prudy Sandifer 
Scott who, Martha says, has 2 adopted boys 
and is awaiting a 3rd. Surrounded by animals 
is Patsy Bulkley O'Brien: 4 dogs, 1 cat, 1 
pony, etc.! Patsy mentions that Dave is start- 

ing a boat chartering business— "so come sail- 

From Mobile, Ala., Ann Hearin reports much 
gardening, lots of golfing, fishing and boat- 
ing, and much jaunting to far spots in the 
county on Jr. League work. She is also Pres. 
of the Lake wood Women's Ass'n. We have 
lots of boating enthusiasts, it seems. AH Wood 
Thompson and husband filled their summer 
with sailboat racing, tennis and swimming. 
Ali has been taking jewelry lessons, giving 
guitar lessons, and her family served as a 
host family for an Egyptian couple this year, 
as well as having a French girl visit for 2 

July '69 saw Elsie Prichard Carter and Billy 
complete residency and move to Charleston, 
W. Va., where Billy has entered private prac- 
tice in internal medicine and cardiology. Elsie 
and Billy bought a large old stone house and 
were calmly settling in with their 4 little ones 
when I talked to her the day after they 
moved. From Norfolk Liz Chambers Burgess 
writes that Chuck has left teaching at Old 
Dominion College to become their first Dean 
of Graduate Studies. Liz keeps busy with 
Beth, 3, and Charles, 1, lots of theater work 
and their new home. From Norwalk, Conn., 
Virginia Ramsey Easton writes that she is 
studying for her M.A. in Library Science, an 
admirable undertaking for someone with 2 
small daughters (Debby is 10, Wynne, 7). 

I had a lovely note from Kathy Tyler 
Sheldon in May. She and John were anticipat- 
ing a trip to England and possibly Portugal 
in August, after which John was to return to 
his rural general practice in Newfoundland. 
The past year he had returned for a year of 
residency in St. John's where, Kathy says, 
they had a taste of "civilized (?) urban life." 

Dede Ulf Mayer, Hank, and sons Hank, 3, 
and baby Tommy are settled in Shaker 
Heights, Ohio. Vat Stoddard Loring and Steve 
have recently bought a new home in Wor- 
cester, Mass., and Doug and I had a nice 
visit with them in June while Doug attended 
a medical meeting in Boston. Last week I had 
lunch with Fleming Parker Rutledge in N. Y. 
Fleming, who looks more glamorous than ever, 
has Just completed a most conscientious stint 
as Sec'y of the Alumnae Ass'n. Fleming is 
looking forward to a trip to France with her 
mother next spring. 

In Philadelphia are Jini Jones Dyer and her 
husband Rick. Rick Is completing his residency 
in orthopedic surgery at Jefferson Hospital, 
following 3 years at the U. of Penna. hospital. 
He has invented a device known as an auto- 
transfusor, and it sounds like a major medical 
innovation! Jini says they took Heather, 7, 
Amy, 5, and baby son, Rusty, camping on 
Cape Cod last summer, and Sandy LaStaiti 
MacDonald, her husband and 4 children met 
them there in their VW mini-bus. Jini had 
also had a visit last summer from Erna Arnold 
West wig and her 2 children. Jini and Rick 
are going to the orthopedic Academy meet- 
ings in San Francisco next March, and Doug 
and I are looking forward to seeing them 
there. The combination of a new baby and 
teaching grammar school Spanish is keeping 
me busy this year. Please write in your news! 
Some of you have been silent too long. 

Finally, I know I speak for all of us when 
I extend to the family of Houston Andrews 
Kilby our most personal and deep sympathy. 
It was with tremendous sadness that we 
learned of her death at such a rich time of 


Virginia Cates Mitchell (Mrs. Edward C, Jr.), 

1620 Brawley Way, NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30319 

Fund Agent 

Lucy Otis Anderson (Mrs. David, 111), 4820 

Montclair Ave., Charlotte, N.C. 28211 

Julia Fort to Robert Witherspoon Lowe, Jr. 

Judy Alspaugh Harrison— Carrie Elizabeth 

Dec. 1, 1969 
Vicki Anderson Breen— Kate Elizabeth, 4th 

child, 1st girl, Jan. 1970 
Pat Calkins Wilder— Alan Matthew 

March 27, 1970 
Ginger Cates Mitchell— Amanda Kohl, 2nd girl, 

Jan. 22, 1970 
Heidi Dillingham Waterhouse— 3rd child, 1st 

girl, August 1970 
Ann Fletcher Griffin— Jill Laura, Sept. 29, 1970 
Lucetta Gardner Grummon— Robert Auchincloss, 

Jr., Aug. 2, 1970 
Lee Kucewicz Parham— Robert Newsome, 2nd 

boy, Sept. 14, 9169 
Lucy Boyd Lemon Edmunds— Hugh Garland, HI, 

April 8, 1970 
Chenault McClure Conway— 2nd child, 1st boy, 

Stuart Lyne, June 1 970 
Nancy Roberts Pope— John Pinckney, Jan. 21 

The fact that we can publish our news only 
once a year necessarily makes much of it out- 
dated and redundant to many of you. How- 
ever, I, for one, have thoroughly enjoyed all 
the news you have shared and pass it along 
with the hope that you will, too. It never 
ceases to amaze me how spread out (geogra- 
phically) the class is and at the same time 
how many have come to congregate in one of 
several areas. So literally from Maine to 
California I report. 

Jane Yardley Page is settled on a 120 acre 
farm in an old log cabin near Caribou, Maine, 
where Rob is practicing law. In another part 
of the state, Lisbon Falls, is Leonora Wikswo 
Pescosolido, whose husband is president of a 
fuel oil company. She has 2 children, ages 4 
and 2, and has resumed her piano study. 

Ann Funkhouser Strife is in Ridgefield, Conn., 
with her men (2 boys, 5 and 3) and partaking 
in a lecture series on 18th-19th century cabinet 
making as well as playing hostess at a re- 
stored 18th century tavern. She often sees 
Heidi Dillingham Waterhouse and Barbie 
Rockefeller Bartlett, who is working part time 
doing programming and systems work in 
NYC. Barbie and her husband had a marvel- 
ous trip to Scandinavia where they watched 
the moon landing in Danish. Barbie's Chap- 
paqua neighbor Robin Harris Russell is busy 
with her 2 boys, David (3), Christopher (1), 
working as a cataloger for a private art 
collection, as a guide at Caramoor, and sing- 
ing with a group in Irving ton. Her husband 
is with International Paper Co. Nancy Mc- 
Dowell Fairbanks has just moved into the 
New England area after leaving Berkeley. 
She and family stopped en route in Atlanta 
to visit Sarah Hitch Hill. They are now in 
Storrs, Conn., where Hap is on the faculty at 
the U. of Conn. Sarah is buried in work this 
year as overall chairman of the Jr. League's 
Metropolitan Opera project. Another transient 
is Anne Carter Brothers who has settled in 
Marblehead, Mass., while John does his stint 
with the Navy on the orthopedic staff at 
Chelsea Naval Hospital. They love the area 
and are already bitten by the sailing bug. 
Although Lyn Clark Pegg is still living in 


Simsbury, Conn., her husband is now at 
Hartford Seminary where he is working on a 
graduate degree in religious education. In the 
fall the Peggs went to visit Mary Groetzinger 
Heard in her new home in Brookline, Mass. 
Mary has enrolled at Simmons Library Science 
School with the idea that if she takes at least 
one course per semester she will get a master's 
in 6 years! 

Carolyn Eggleston Cone is living in NYC as 
is Sallie Yon Williams. Sallie is managing 
editor of Forbes Magazine's Restaurant Guide: 
"Spend my evenings reviewing restaurants and 
my days recovering from acute indigestion." 
She says she sometimes sees Julie Arnold who 
still keeps a NYC address but is usually off 
globe-trotting for Pan Am. 

Jean Meyer Aloe had lots of news to offer: 
her husband is now head of Dunhill Personnel 
of White Plains and they live in Scarsdale. 
She is working as a systems analyst for 
American Can Co. and as part-time book- 
keeper for him. In rare leisure moments they 
are off to Vermont skiing. She said Marilyn 
Mitchell Sweeney has 2 girls and Angie Casella 
Fontana 3; also reports that Becky Patton 
Hoa gland has moved to Chatham, N.J., and 
Chris Devol Wardlow to Albany, N.Y., where 
her husband is with I.T.T. Data Services. 

Betsy Beale Grove is a busy gal these days 
helping husband Bill in law school, touring on 
the dog show circuit with her menagerie, as 
well as running a gift shop, called The Blue 
Pigtail, in a Richmond antique store. Nancy 
Roberts Pope will remain in Charlottesville til 
July when Jim finishes his residency in surgery 
and then go where the Army beckons. Another 
awaiting Uncle Sam's call is Punch Harris 
Wray. Linton is presently on a research fel- 
lowship in metabolism at Barnes in St. Louis, 
but they will be moving in July also. Rinda 
King de Beck is now in Roanoke where Tom 
is in private practice as a neurologist. Her 3 
children, Laurin (6), Karla (3), Christian (1) 
leave little time for the exotic or exciting! On 
the other hand, Lisa Wood Franklin says she 
feels so "free" with her 2 now in school that 
she's contemplating the student role once 
again herself. 

One still cracking the books is Joanie New- 
hall who is in her 2nd year of graduate work 
at Bryn Mawr. Another is Penny Pamplin 
Reeves who is hard at work on her M.A. 
thesis on Andrew Marvell. Betsy Parker Mc- 
Coll kept fit during the summer playing in 
tennis tournaments and is now back in the 
classroom at Ashley Hall, Charleston, teaching 
American lit. She and her husband (a vice- 
pres. at the Citizens and Southern Bank) spend 
weekends working on their new home across 
the river in Mt. Pleasant. 

Cecil Collins Scanlan has moved back to the 
D.C. area since Bill returned from Vietnam and 
is finishing work on his M.A. in tax law at 
George Washington U. Lucy Boyd Lemon Ed- 
munds looks forward to seeing class visitors 
at Wrightsville Beach, N.C., and did have a 
fun visit with Lucy Otis Anderson when she 
was there on a convention. Meanwhile, she is 
sewing, Jr. Leaguing, and playing tennis. Be- 
sides conventions Lucy and David took a de- 
lightful trip to Paris, Rome, and London (where 
they 'rendez-voused' with Barbara Sullivan 
Wanna maker who is now living there), and 
then it was back to business at the bank in 
Charlotte. Lucy is marketing officer, and among 
her more recent responsibilities was the public 
promotion of candidates in the election cam- 
paign — a job which entailed caring for a live 
elephant and donkey! One very interesting 
note came from Tempe Parker's mother who 

wrote to me about the corporation (Con- 
temporary Publicity, Inc.) Tempe and a friend 
have formed in NYC to publicize motion pic- 
tures. Apparently she is working quite hard 
but is having great success. 

It seems the biggest reunion of our class to 
date was at Julia Fort Lowe's wedding last 
summer. Among those attending were Laura 
Lee Brown Deters, Betty Noland Caravati, 
Mary Trabue Meyer, Randy Kendig, Jessica 
Bemis Ward, and Nerissa vomBaur Walker. 
And from all gleaned it was a most elegant 

It's been a long time since we heard from 
Vicki Anderson Breen. After Gene played pro 
football for 5 years, he coached at a college 
for a year, and is now working in sales for 
an athletic shoe company. They and their 4 
children are still living in Pittsburgh. Lucetta 
Gardner Grummon is now in Shaker Heights, 
Ohio. Robert is a "Special Fellow" in surgery 
at a Cleveland clinic and in July will go into 
private practice. Nancy Wood is finding the 
campus life pretty stimulating these days and 
loves her work with the University Christian 
Movement (Protestant Campus Ministry) at Case 
Western Reserve. 

Lots of news from Texas too. A I lie Stem- 
mons is still hard at work at the Dallas Ap- 
parel Mart, ran a restaurant at the State Fair, 
and enjoyed a visit with Lee Kucewicz Parham 
and family. Lynn Carol Blau moved to Austin 
last summer when Jeff finished a radiology 
residency at Yale. He is now serving 2 years 
with the Air Force at Bergstrom AFB. She gets 
a chance to see Marta Sweet Colangelo who 
has recently bought a new home in San 
Antonio. Marta's little girl, Catherine, is now 
a year old. And in Houston, Carol Childress 
Finlay is the ambitious directress of a Montes- 
sori school. She and Robert (who finished law 
school in Dec.) spent over 2 months touring 
Scandinavia, Britain, and France with SERUAS. 

Speaking of exotic travels, Doris Chu Yeko 
plans a trip to Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Hawaii 
with intermediary stops in some of our Western 
cities. Last year she went to Canada twice in 
connection with her work as a member of 
the board of directors of 3 different companies. 
And Nancy Dixon and Betty Stanly had an 
adventurous trip to Rio de Janeiro last summer 
— bringing back all sorts of baubles and beads. 
Susan Scott Noell is excitedly anticipating the 
trip to Europe she and Jerry plan for this 
spring. Before departure Susie stays busy as 
a translator for social workers in a Puerto 
Rican housing project, Jr. League work, and 
mother to Lisa (6) and Jay (2). 

After moving from NYC two years ago Joy 
Berguido Davis is happily settled in California 
where Keith is part owner of a computer ser- 
vice company in San Francisco and for which 
she does part-time programming. They have 
2 girls, Pamela (3) and Sandra (2). And way 
up in Seattle is Anne Leavell Reynolds tutoring 
minority students at Seattle U. while Herbert 
finishes his training this year at a hospital 

We, ourselves, have done some cross-country 
moving. Mitch finished work on his MBA and 
we sadly departed Colorado in early '70 (one 
week after Mandy's birth!), came back to 
Atlanta where we are madly getting settled 
into a new home and my husband is working 
as an investment analyst and portfolio man- 
ager for a bank. As a diversion from the 
household routine I'm taking 6th graders on 
tours of the museum. It's nice to be back 
South and have the chance to see lots of 
alumnae living here. Sue Jones has recently 
moved here from Boston and is working for 

the head of the computer center at Ga. State 
U. Judy Johnson Varn is getting settled into 
a new home too, and as chairman of the bulb 
project, is making great plans to put Atlanta 

top in sales. 


Carroll Randolph Barr (Mrs. Michael), Powha- 
tan, Va. 23139 
Fund Agents 

Randy Brown Sebren (Mrs. Herbert, Jr.), 8707 
Claymont Dr., Richmond, Va. 
Ann Kern, 9879 Webbs Chapel Rd., Dallas, 
Tex. 75220 

Jill Berguido to John K. Clement, III 
Lyn Milton to Kinson Goodhue Walker 


Mary Gillespie to Alexander Monroe, August 

Polly Eells to Peter Arthur Schade, June 13. 

Elite Belle Spivey to Jim Decker, August 1. 

Page Munroe to John Frank Renger, Jr. Oc- 
tober 17. 

Baird Shinberger to William H. Bell, Jr., July 


Connie Crosby Glass to Bill and Janie Will- 

ingham Glass, Sept. 25. 
Caroline Dunlap Morton to Lisa Harvey and 

Johb Morton, III, October 31, 1969. 
William Lithgow Devens to Billy and Bobo 

Covington Devens, March 28. 
Tyler Wellford Perrin to Bill and Sue Morck 

Perrin, Jan. 6. 
Lisa Wldmer to Kemble and Ellen Kelley Wid- 

Robert Kim Bingham to Kim and Anne Carr 

Bingham, April 10, 1970. 
Bonnie Sue Speary to William and Judy Hay 

Speary, July 10, 1969. 
Anne Carter Story to Charles and Clay Black- 
well Story, July 6. 
Margaret Fisher Brown to Hill and Peggy 

Kennedy Brown, March 20. 
Walter Mapp Young to Dick and Margaret 

Mapp Young, Oct. 22. 
David Soriero Galbreath to Bill and Susan 

Soriero Galbreath, Feb. 16. 
Spencer Wells to Mandy Mitchell and Dick 

Ellen "Molly" Rives McDow to William and 

Anne Mertins McDow. 

Boston area: Peggy Minis Jerome and Brian 
are off to Ethiopia on a business trip. Peggy 
wrote that Janie Hansford is still at Poloroid 
and that Kathy Kelety is about to change 
jobs and give up all that travelling. Anne 
Carr Bingham wrote that Kim joined the 
Mass. Bar in May 1969 and is currently clerk- 
ing at the U.S. District Court. Alexandra 
started pre- kindergarten; Robert Kim, Jr. is 
into everything at home. Maggie Millar and 
Judi Ben sen are sharing an apartment on a 
lake in Arlington. Maggie is with John Han- 
cock but was in Britain for the month of Nov. 
Judi works as a merchandise assistant for 
Dennison Mfg. Co. She is one of 4 women in 
management out of 6,000 employees. Between 
Judi and Maggie we have news that Ginny 
Young is in computers with John Hancock. 
Are Peggy Schultz and husband Antonio Graz- 
iano in Del. Barbie Cochrane reported in 
from North Attleborough, Mass. where she is 
planning to join American Airlines in Jan. 


Q^Llumqa Profile 

"It's just perfect!" says Jimmy 
Johnson of Virginia Beach, describing 
The Keris Emerald, the book written 
by his sister, Mary Parke Johnson, 
'65, and published in 1970 by Charles 
Scriber's Sons. 

The Keris Emerald is "a traditional 
fairy tale with a hero, a heroine and 
a quest," said Mary Parke in an in- 
terview with the Norfolk Ledger-Star 
this past summer. Formerly working 
in the children's book departments at 
Scribner's and at Dial Press, New 
York, Mary Parke now lives in Lon- 
don and works full time writing- 
children's literature. The field of 
children's literature, she believes, is a 
wide-open field for women. "It's one 
of the few fields where we don't have 
to be down-trodden. I'm getting very 
women's libby these days. . . . Writ- 
ing requires discipline; it's a matter 

of sitting down and doing it, prefer- 
ably where there are no people and 
no ringing phones," she said in her 
interview with the Norfolk newspa- 
per. The two things necessary to 
write children's books are "lots of 
imagination and a young attitude. As 
an editor, I looked for that, as well 
as for simplicity of style and expres- 

The Keris Emerald, written for 6- 
10 year-old readers, is an illustrated 
38-page book. "It takes approxi- 
mately nine months from the time 
copy leaves the typewriter until it is 
illustrated and ready for print. It's 
like having a baby," says Mary Parke. 

Mary Parke Johnson and her young 
critic, Jimmy. 

Peggy Moran and Dan Morrow visited her 
this summer. Barbie and Lisa Harvey Morton 
spent some time in Nantucket this summer. 
Lisa is in Uncasville, Conn, while John serves 
months at a time at sea. She is busy with 
her daughter, Caroline, art lessons and many 

New York City: Jill Haden Behlke and John 
are probably in Brussels right now, though 
they have been in NYC where John is with 
First Nat'l City Bank. Kate Barrett is with the 
McMillan Co. as Sec. of Design and Produc- 
tion. She plans to be in Las Vegas for 
Christmas and India for her two- week vaca- 
tion. Bobo Covington Devens is busy as a 
mother while her husband works at Morgan 
Guaranty Trust Co. Sue Morck Perrin and Bill 
have found a great cottage on the Howard 
Phipps estate. Daughter Tyler was born in 
Atlanta. Bill plans to get a degree in business. 

Suzanne Brown Crump, Bev and daughter 
are in NYC for nine mos. while Bev gets his 
degree in tax law. Lyn Milton has been in 
NYC in corporate banking at First Nat'l City 
Bank but after she gets married in Dec. she'll 
move to Calif. Glory Sims McRae is currently 
on tour with "Play it Again Sam" by Woody 
Allen. Red Buttons is her co-star in this David 
Merrick production which goes to Los Angeles, 
San Francisco, Toronto, Chicago, Detroit, Phil- 
adelphia, Baltimore and other large cities. 
Direxa Dick was married Jan. 3/ 1970 to 
Christopher F. Dearie, who is a lawyer in 
NYC. She is an assistant to a designer. Linda 
Fite reported that Pam Ford is still with a 
brokerage firm but has plans for marriage in 
Jan. Linda is among the "starving masses of 
the unemployed." Both have visited Neil Or- 
loff Covatta and Tony in their "Palatial es- 
tate" in Saratoga springs where Tony teaches 
English at Skidmore. Linda saw Mary Cary 
Ambler Yohn recently at a party which M. C. 

gave. Linda described it as "wall-to-wall 
writers, a real bash!" She also reports that 
Pattie Stetson was with Harper's Bazaar in 
the art dept., but has since disappeared. 

Vicky Jones is working as a bilingual sec- 
retary at the Belgium Consulate but is not 
sure how long she will remain there. Pam 
Fromme Fomato is on Park Ave. Her husband 
is a motion picture theater executive. Stella 
Mae Renchard Seamans is also in NYC study- 
ing architecture at Columbia. Her husband, 
Tony, is also at Columbia. She says that Mimi 
Harrison is working for the Metropolitan 
Museum Centennial. 

Gail Seamen Ostermann and her husband, 
a Capt. in the USAF, are in Zweibrucken, 
Germany until Aug. '72. 

Judy Hay Speary is in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 
where her husband William is a systems ar- 
chitect with IBM. Judy is kept busy by her 
daughter, Bonnie Sue. Jane Reed is in Monti - 
cello, N. Y. teaching French and Latin. She 
made her second pilgrimage to the ruins of 
Italy and Greece with Molly Randolph and 
her sister Roberta. 

Elsewhere in the northern states, Leilani 
Green is in Portsmouth, N. H. She completed 
graduate work in math at the U. of Maine 
and is now working in the administrative 
realm at the U. of N. H. Nancy Pendergrass 
Lanahan and Richard own two shoe stores in 
Princeton, and have been very busy remodel- 
ling and adding rooms to an old house they 
bought. She reports seeing Pat Neithold 
Hertzberg, Mike and their son who was born 
in Aug. 

Pennsylvania is the home for several '67ers. 
DeeDee Hey ward Dyer and Jonathan live in 
Gladwyne where he is an architect in a young 
firm called Friday. Daughter Stuart will be 2 
in Jan. DeeDee teaches French twice a week 
to 6 elementary aged students. Ellen Kelley 

Widmer, Kembel and 12 mo. old Lisa live in 
King of Prussia. Kemble is an industrial en- 
gineer with Warner and Swasey, a machine 
tool co., temporarily in systems analysis. 
Barbie Tillman loves working at the Fine Arts 
Gallery of Ardmore. Beth Gawthrop Riely 
teaches music at her alma mater, Shipley 
School in Bryn Mawr. She studies voice with 
Mme. Euphemia Gregory at the Curtis Inst. 
of Music. John Reily, a teaching Fellow at 
the U. of Pa., is working on his doctoral dis- 
sertation. Martha Meehan Eigar and Tom are 
living outside of Phila. Barrie McNeil married 
Dr. Henry Jordan of Stroudsburg, Pa. They 
live in Chester Springs, Pa. where Henry 
practices psychiatry, and she takes care of 

Jill Berguido wrote a newsy letter about 
her upcoming marriage to John Clement, III, 
a fellow teacher in Wynnewood, Pa. at Mont- 
gomery Country Day. He is also working on 
his Masters in Ed. at Trinity. 

Southeastern U.S.: Bonnie Stutski's mother 
reports that Bonnie is with the Peace Corps 
and has just returned from Africa and the 
Latin American countries. Putzi Von Rebhan 
has been working at the Nat'l Gallery of 
Art for over two years. She and Connie 
Quereau share living quarters. Putzi spent 
her summer vacation in Europe. Our two 
lawyers, Mellie Hickey and Marian McCrae 
are to be congratulated for passing the D. C. 
Bar. Mellie is working as an Assist. Counsel 
in the legal dept. of a corporation. Maria 
Shuska received her M.A. in Russian Area 
Studies and is now working on her Ph.D. in 
Economics at Georgetown. While working at 
Rand Corp., two of her articles on the Soviet 
Navy were published. Polly Eells Schade and 
Peter live in Bethesda where Peter is a 
physicist at the Nat'l Bureau of Standards 
and a graduate student in Electronic Engineer- 


ing at the U. of Md. Beth Sebring Stannard 
is in Bethesda but spends most of her frje 
time rock climbing in N. Y. She met John 
while climbing and they spent a month last 
summer climbing in Colo, and Yo Semite. He 
is a solid state physicist for the Navy and 
she's in Physical Chemistry at NIH. Judith 
Haskell wrote from Green belt, Md. as the 
Assist. Foreign Student Advisor at the U. of 
Md. She handles the admission of foreign 
students to the U. of Md. In her spare time 
she is trying to finish her thesis for a Masters 
from UNC. 

Virginia is one of the most popular states 
for our classmates. Linda Grizzard Wallace 
and Tiff are settled in Warren ton where he 
is a lawyer and she is secretary of the Women 
of St. James Episcopal Church. Stephanie 
Ewalt Ayers and Rye are in Martinsville where 
he is Assist. Sales Mgr. of America of Martins- 
ville Furniture Store. She and a friend run a 
nursery -kindergarten and she is taking an art 
class once a week. On the Eastern Shore of 
Va., Margaret Mapp Young and Dick are 
raising boys and handling the legal problems 
in Accomac and remodeling a house. In Rich- 
mond, Sally Haskell Hulcher and Matt have 
moved into a new house and she has started 
teaching girl's phys. ed. at Stony Point. Mary 
Gillespie Monroe received an M.A. in Biology 
at Wm. & Mary and was married in August. 
Molly Randolph and her sister Robi, a senior 
at SBC, travelled in Europe and while in 
Madrid stayed with Ginny Carpenter Delgado 
and husband Rafael and son Rafael! to. Gayle 
Dearborn and Donnie Roberts are living out- 
side of Richmond at Manakin-Sabot. He Is a 
stock broker with Scott and Stringfellow and 
Gayle is a programmer with the Federal Re- 
serve Bank. Peggy Kennedy Brown and Hill 
are busy with their son and daughter while 
Hill III works as an assistant at Grace and 
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Kat Bernhardt 
Chase and Robert are in Charlottesville where 
Kat is teaching at St. Anne's and Robert is in 
his final year of work on his Ph.D. in theoret- 
ical atomic physics. Jane Stephenson Wilson is 
awaiting her husband Bob's graduation from 
U.Va. Law School. Charlotte Hoskins Page and 
Peter are in Charlottesville where Peter is a 
5th year med. student. They spent the sum- 
mer in Europe. Mary Bell Timberlake has 
great news from Staunton which is that 
Wayt, III is home from Viet Nam. We had a 
marvelous weekend with the Timberlakes, 
Ridge Warfield and wife, Lynn, Joe and Pam 
Jones Brown. 

Clay Black well Story and Charles live in 
Amherst County. Although Clay is kept busy 
with two children, she found time to be bulb 
chairman this year for the Amherst Club. She 
reports that the Olivers are enchanted with 
their adorable son, Jasper. Charlotte Moore 
Williams and Bob had a marvelous trip to 
Europe this summer, climaxed by a visit with 
Ginny Carpenter Delgado in Madrid. Charlotte 
is teaching kindergarten in a Lynchburg Public 

In North Carolina, Beth Dixson Baldwin and 
Charles live in Winston-Safem where he is in 
management training with R. J. Reynolds In- 
dustries. She teaches remedial reading and 
cares for Charles Baldwin, IV. Page Munroe 
Renger's husband John is a Trust Officer at 
North Carolina National Bank. He is a grad- 
uate of UNC and UNC Law School. Sally 
Stedman is also in Winston -Salem. She was 
"Miss North Carolina of '68" and won a 
scholarship for "most talented musician," 
which put her through Graduate school. She 
finished her BA in Music at Guilford College, 

and completed her M.A. in voice from the 
School of Music at UNC at Greensboro. At 
present she is teaching voice, piano and vocal 
repertory coaching at the North Carolina 
School of Performing Arts. She has been in 
touch with Sandy Hoag who is married to a 
NASA physicist and has a lovely daughter. 

Moving into South Carolina, Jacquelin Ste- 
venson Bennett and Bill are in Charleston 
where she teaches at Ashley Hall. 

In Georgia, Lindee Henderson Lucas is an 
Assistant Account Executive with Henderson 
Advertising Agency and her husband, Arthur, 
is with Lucas Associates, a personnel con- 
sultants firm. Flossie Collins Bischoff has been 
married for three years to James who is an 
advertising and marketing director for the 
Kentucky Fried Chicken Corp. Jean Miller Sull- 
ivan has a baby girl, Anne Brooks. Susan 
Tucker is a real Republican politician. As Na- 
tional Committee woman of the Ga. YR's and 
Sec. to Congressman Fletcher Thompson, she 
was part of the official greeting party wel- 
coming Tricia Nixon to Atlanta and in charge 
of arrangements for her visit. As Sec. for 
House District 115 for the senior Republican 
Party of Ga., she has spoken to YR groups all 
over Ga. Her interest in the YR's stems from 
her YR effort at SBC. Lucille Orr is currently 
working at Charles Willis, Inc., a jewelry and 
gift shop in Atlanta. She took a European 
trip last spring and ended up in Paris with 
her French family from her Jr. year in France. 
Judy Schlatter is teaching at Dekalb Tech and 
working with Apartment Advisor at "Crow, 
Pope and Carter." Her job includes trips to 
underground Atlanta to find Zodiac symbols, 
and meeting all kinds of people from homeless 
hippies to artists and advertisers. Dixie Ann 
Thompson Hanes' husband, David, is an in- 
terne at Grady Memorial Hospital. She keeps 
busy with bank-related classes. 

In Florida, Carole Esme Munn is now in 
Miami Springs as a stewardess for Pam Am. 
Dottie Dana King has retired from her job as 
a computer programmer and moved into a 
new home last year. 

In Tennessee we have lots of medical wives 
whose husbands are at Vanderbilt. Beverly 
Bradshaw Blake and Kendall, who is in his 
fourth year often see Martha Mitchell Wells 
and Dick, who is a resident in Pathology. 
Britton Hassell Nielson is busy with her 
daughter, Britt, while Norris is a research 
analyst with J. C. Bradford Co. Patsy Davis 
Whitehurst is awaiting Arthur's return from 
Viet Nam where he is serving with the U.S. 
Army's 27th surgical hospital as an orthopedic 

In Alabama Grace Gould Hobbs is teaching 
French at Selma High School. Ralph is an 
attorney in Selma. She reports Elizabeth Hill, 
is an "indispensable part of Montgomery's 

Ha I lie Darby Smith is in Florence while 
Freddy serves in Viet Nam. She is teaching 
elementary school. 

Anne Mertins McDow is in Rhode Island 
where her husband is a Lt. j.g. William plans 
to go to Med. school when he gets out of the 
Navy. They have one daughter, Ellen Rives. 

Shelley Gearhart is back in Birmingham 
sister- sitting while her parents are away. She 
and Kay Trogden had a marvelous trip to 
Spain and Africa. She has since begun work- 
ing for ABC T.V. Margy Dortch Brooks is 
working in an antique shop in Nashville. They 
visited Jacquelin Stephenson Bennett when 
Billy had summer camp in S. C. Emily Cheno- 
weth Major has a daughter, Franny, who was 
born in Jan. 

Sherry Kirshendfeld Fuchs and Ron are in 
Meridian, Miss. He is a flight instructor at 
the Naval Air Station and she is completing 
her requirements for her MS in Psych. 

Melissa Sanders Thomas and Boyce are in 
La. where he is a pediatric resident at Charity 
Hospital in N.O. 

In Houston we have Mrs. John Kelsey, whose 
husband is a stockbroker and Helen Davis 
Burpo, whose husband is a VA-FHA Loan 
Representative. Helen is a credit supervisor. 
She graduated from U. of Texas with a B.S. in 
Education. Baird Shinberger Bell is in San 
Antonio while Bill is in the Army. He is doing 
graduate work toward his Masters in hospital 
administration and she is teaching part-time. 
Peggy Pittman Patterson is working with the 
Dean of Women's staff at SMU. D wight is a 
computer programmer. 

In Ohio, Lynn Gullet Fluty is in Oxford. Her 
husband is in the Army and was promoted to 
Captain after serving in Vietnam. Lynn is 
working on her Masters in Guidance Counsel- 

Jody Krout Phillips and George are in Fair- 
born where he is stationed as a 1st Lt. Pam 
Pry or is in Columbus teaching in Jr. high. 
Betsy Kurtz is also in Columbus employed at 
a law firm. Virginia Stanley Douglas and 
Doug are in Cleveland Hgts. He is in med 
school and she has done a great deal of poli- 
ticking for Robert Taft. 

Lynn Frazier Allen is in Arizona working 
and going to grad school to get her M.S.W. 
Her husband is in law school at Arizona State. 
Susan Schnaitter Compton lives in New Mexico 
where her husband is an attorney and she 
takes care of 2 year old Jimmy. 

Prissy Blackstock King works for an Iowa 
State senator. Her husband is a teacher. Susan 
Soriero Galbreath is in Los Angeles but will 
soon move to Houston. She has a son, David. 
Ellie Belle Spivey Decker is attending graduate 
school at Stanford. Vicky Dillon is working at 
Berkeley. Last year she studied ceramics and 
taught English in Kyoto, Japan. Diane Geissal 
Hoover is the mother of two sons and is mar- 
ried to "a hippie mountain man." They spent 
4 mos. in the mountains of Oregon and Calif, 
but are wintering in Berkeley. Elizabeth Steele 
is in BoMnas where she says it's all happening. 
She lives in a converted barn and belongs to 
the new life style — no money but good times. 

Sandra GMmore Tedeschi and Robert are in 
Anchorage, Alaska, where he Is a captain in 
the U.S. Army. 

Mike and I have moved into that 1776 home 
and have been remodelling since Aug. Mike 
is a Real Estate broker and I teach French. 
Beth Glaser Morchower lives in Richmond while 
Michael practices law on his own. 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Association, Sweet 
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Music Calendar 1970—1971 

October 5, 6, 7 

February 2-5 

February 7 

March 8 

Baroque Music Festival 

Philidor Trio, concert 

Paul Hume, Music Editor, Washington Post 

John R. Shannon, organ recital 

Beethoven Bicentennial Celebration 
The Francesco Chamber Trio 

Program: Beethoven's Op. 70, nos. 1 & 2 
Alfred Brendel, piano concert 

Program: the Six Bagatelles, Op. 126 
Appassionato, Sonata 
Hammer klavier 
The New Cleveland String Quartet 
Program: the entire Opus 59 

The Gregg Smith Singers, concert 

The Turnau Opera Company in a production of Mozart's 

Abduction from the Seraglio 

(sponsored by the Proctor & Gamble Co.) 

Sweet Briar Alumnae 

Spring Holiday 

in Europe 

19 -May 3 


• Madrid, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London 

Open to Sweet Briar alumnae, parents and friends 

• $695 Round-trip New York 

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] ollege 

SPRING 1971 


"My Late 
Earth " 



SPRING 1971 

Volume 41, Number 3, Spring 1971 

Editor: Elizabeth Bond Wood, '34 

Associate Editor: Catharine Fitzgerald Booker, '47 

Design: Diane DeLong Fitzpatrick, '69 

Class Notes Editor: Mary Hughe& Vaughan Blackwell 

2 Our Total Environment As We See It 
— The Biologist: Jane Belcher 
— The Historian: Edith C. Lowry and 

Lysbeth W. Muncy 
— The Economist: Reuben G. Miller 
— The Art-Historian: Eleanor D. Barton 
— The Geneticist: Anna Chao Pai, '57 
— The Psychologist: David A. Johnson 
—The Political Scientist: Edward W. 

12 Where We Go from Here: Our Continuing 
Education Project 

14 For Love of a River, by Logan Phinizy 
Johns, '36 

16 ". . . One Family of Valued Neighbors" 

18 Briar Patches 

20 Twenty Years of a Great Idea 

21 The Men in Our Lives : A picture-story 

38 Imperial Berlin: A book review 

39 Class Notes 

On the Cover: 

"My late discovered earth," from a sonnet by Elinor 

Wylie, is our theme. The poet wrote these words 

more than 40 years before man stepped on the 

moon and looked back and finally saw Earth as a 

whole and realized the life-support system of 

Earth is as tenuous as the life-support system of 

the space capsule itself. 

Through pen and picture we hope to describe 

something of our "late discovered earth." 

Apollo 8 Earth View: This view of the rising earth 
greeted the Apollo 8 astronauts as they came 
from behind the moon after the lunar orbit 
insertion burn. Earth is about five degrees above 
the horizon in this photograph. The unnamed 
surface features in the foreground are near the 
eastern limb of the moon as viewed from earth. 
The lunar horizon is approximately 780 kilometers 
from the spacecraft. Width of the photographed 
area at the horizon is about 175 kilometers. 
On the earth, 240,000 statute miles away, 
the sunset terminator bisects Africa. 

(Courtesy NASA) 

Issued four times yearly: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer, 
by Sweet Briar College. Second class postage paid at Sweet 
Briar, Virginia, 24595, and at additional mailing offices. Printed 
by The Reynolds Company, Charlottesville. Virginia. 

PICTURE CREDITS: Front cover— NASA; p. 1— Buck 
Arnold, Virginia State Water Pollution Control Board; 
p. 2 — Joan C Heidelberg; pp. 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 — Joan C 
Heidelberg; p. 23 — National Geographic; p. 27 — Toledo 
Blade; p. 29 — NASA; p. 33 — Patterson; p. 37 — Rich's; 
P- 41 — cover photo by Susan Jensen; p. 47 — Lin Modica. 

"And see the rivers how they run/Through ivood and mead, in shade and sun." — John Dyer, c. 1750. Now 
see the Roanoke River how it runs, overflowing in detergent suds, summer, 1970. 

From the Briar Patch.... 

One day some years ago a Sweet 
Briar student approached Miss Meta 
Glass and asked, "Why should I 
struggle along trying to get a liberal 
arts education when all I'm planning 
to do is get married, keep house and 
raise a family? To which Miss Glass 
replied, "Well, it will at least give 
you something to think about while 
you wash the dishes." 

We may be sure that neither Miss 
Glass nor that student had any idea 
that their thoughts, in coming years, 
would turn to how many phosphates 
or enzymes are in dishwashing deter- 
gents and how such additives would 
affect the B.O.D. (biochemical oxygen 
demand) content of the nation's 

However, we are thinking about 
our rivers and Our Total Environ- 
ment. And we, the Alumnae Associa- 
tion, are undertaking in 1971 an ex- 
citing, unique Continuing Education 
Program. Its purpose is to demon- 
strate the ability of the concerned 
educated woman to effect improve- 
ments and changes in the quality of 
the Total Environment. 

As President Pannell stated, "The 
Alumnae Association plans to call 
on those women who have graduated 
from Sweet Briar to embark on a 
continuing education program, to re- 
direct their interest and their ener- 
gies to the number one problem of 
our society, man's need to learn to 
live in harmony with his environ- 
ment. The educated woman is a force 
in her community. She must assume 
the role of leadership in improving 
the quality of the environment. . . ." 

Specifically: How do we redirect our 
energies? What is this new Continu- 
ing Education Program? How do we 
alumnae participate in it and con- 
tribute to it? 

First, we need to have some per- 
spective and understanding of the 
problems of Our Total Environment, 
some idea of what we are talking 
about. Therefore, let us look at the 
views about our environment, the 
opinions about our ecological mis- 
management as seen by The Biologist, 
The Historian, The Art-Historian, 
The Economist, The Geneticist, The 
Psychologist, The Political Scientist. 

These several views were expressed 
during talks at both Alumnae Coun- 
cil and at the February Workshop on 
Our Total Environment. 

The February Workshop speakers 
also outlined specific plans for alum- 
nae in the Continuing Education pro- 
gram, telling us exactly, "Here is 
what you do when you go home." We 
left the Workshop with many pages 
of instructions, with great expecta- 
tions about what 8,000 women can do 
as a group when they set their minds 
to it. And we left the Workshop with 
this statement by Assistant Professor 
of Sociology and Anthropology, Ca- 
therine Seaman, a statement that 
echoes in our mind today: "It's been 
my hope as I have thought about all 
this group of Sweet Briar alumnae — 
I had it in my head: Sweet Briar 
Women of the United States are Go- 
ing to Unite! And they are going to 
do something for ecology; it's going 
to be made beautiful and great, and 
you are going to be the impetus that 
gets it all started." 

Let's get started. 

— The Editors 

Our Total Environment 
As We See It 

The Biologist 

by Jane Belcher 
Professor of 

Basic to an understanding of ecol- 
ogy is the realization that change it- 
self is a constant, thus everything 
from electron to universe, from naked 
gene to man has a history; that all 
things, living or non-living, are affect- 
ed by all other things and their 
changes; that all living things of 
past, present and future are (or will 
be) kin through evolution; that all 
living things at any instant in time 
comprise an "eco-system," an enorm- 
ous web of life with interrelations 
such that a tweak of any strand 
starts a ripple which affects the en- 
tire web; that all of the eaters (ani- 
mals) are ultimately dependent on 
the green plants. 

The biologist finds certain instances 
of law and order in ecology. Biology 
1,2 students at Sweet Briar on a 2- 
hour field trip can find on our campus 
the orderly stages in ecological suc- 
cession. In an area not disturbed by 
man, the ecologist confidently predicts 
that over a period of time waste land 
will be covered with grasses, shrubs 
will invade and then be replaced by 
conifers; these in turn will be suc- 
ceeded by deciduous forests, the "cli- 

max" forest, on our campus consist- 
ing of oaks, maples, tulip poplars, 
gums, walnuts. Each of these stages 
in succession is marked by character- 
istic communities of flora and fauna 
exhibiting elaborate interrelations. 

Ecology, then, is a study of the 
organism vis a vis its environment 
(total environment — chemical, physi- 
cal and biological; micro- and macro- 
scopic, all in the dimension of time) . 

Biologists may study an organism 
from an ecological standpoint, but 
tend to leave organism Homo to the 
behavioral scientists, except in ways 
that Homo affects the environment 
and thus the eco-system. Every or- 
ganism, as result of natural selection, 
is well-adapted to a certain ecological 
niche. Man, in a sense, found a new 
niche called culture, where he has no 
competitors. Adding cultural inheri- 
tance (through learning) to his bio- 
logical inheritance (through genes), 
he has become a very special and 
complex kind of organism, requiring 
special skills in studying himself. 

Man and his culture have become 
an increasingly conspicuous part of 

Earth's eco-system. Until he invaded 
and exploited the cultural niche, there 
was balance and harmony. Change 
was constant but gradual, permitting 
accommodation through evolutionary 
processes. Just a few thousand years 
of culture, however, and with fright- 
ening speed in the last century, man 
has upset the balance and harmony. 

A new phenomenon marks our 
times: through his technology, his 
numbers, his consumption of non-re- 
newable resources (e.g. iron, fossil 
fuels), his carelessness and his igno- 
rance, man places his future in jeop- 

The enormous subject, "Man and 
his Environment," demands the at- 
tention of all. Solutions, if there be 
any, will result from the objective 
studies of theoretical scientists, the 
ingenuity of applied scientists, the 
insights of those most sensitive to the 
nature of the Good Life, the en- 
lightened intelligence of the Family 
of Man, and man's ability to curb his 
excesses, reassess his values, and 
learn to live in harmony with all his 

The Historian 

by Edith C. Lowry 

Associate Professor 
of History 

". . . this most excellent canopy, the 
air . . . why, it appears no other thing 
to me than a foul and pestilent con- 
gregation of vapours." 

■ — Shakespeare 

The word "environment" was first 
used 300 years ago to denote only 
that part of the world that was 
around or outside of the city. The 
word "ecology," perhaps 100 years 
old, refers to the study of the inter- 
action of living things and their en- 
vironment. It comes from a Greek 
word meaning "house." So we might 
say that by studying Human Ecology 
we are putting the outside and the 
inside together, from a human point 
of view. The country and the city be- 
long together. We recognize that 
what is around us is also part of us, 
and we of it. 

The history of Man is the history 
of learning what it means to be hu- 
man. The Biblical notion that the 
world was made for man and he was 
set over it as lord seemed to justify 
indiscriminate use of the good things 
of earth. It has taken 2,000 years of 
living — beginning with a Christian 
Revolution, then a Copernican Revo- 
lution, an Industrial Revolution, a 
Darwinian Revolution, and finally a 
Space Revolution — to make man take 
up and carry the burden of this role 
of Steward for a created world he 
did not make, but which he now 
knows he can destroy. 

Contrary, perhaps, to the expecta- 
tions of the "Now Generation," think- 
ing about the relation of man and his 
environment is as old as recorded 
history. His first insight was that the 
world was orderly. The Sumerians 
came to this by way of society, not 
nature. Having worked out a viable 
form of society, but finding , it took 
constant care to keep everything in 
order, they decided that the gods 
must work in an orderly fashion, too. 
It is less clear whether the Greeks 
"found" order in the natural world 
and transferred it to their common 
life, or the other way around. 

It was the Hellenistic period that 
first showed a genuine love of nature, 
and at the same time noted contrasts 
between country and city. The Greek 
loved his city and city-life — the city 
was natural to him. Under the influ- 
ence of the Orient, and thanks to the 
Post-Alexander world, cities began to 
have tree-lined promenades and pub- 
lic gardens. Prom the Etruscans the 
Romans went on to learn formal city- 
planning, but they were aware of the 
contrasts between city and country 
living — so that Horace, a "lover of 
the country," sends greetings to Fus- 
cus, "a lover of the city." 

The early Christian fathers, nota- 
bly St. Augustine, wrote much on the 
beauty of Nature, though this love 
was always associated with the love 
of God. Medieval monasticism took 
pleasure in the manual labor that the 
Pagan world had relegated to slaves: 
the monks made garden spots and re- 

joiced in being co-workers with God 
to impose order and to create an 
ordered beauty about them. Albertus 
Magnus, the teacher of Aquinas, was 
a botanist and a practical gardener 
who warned that all natural things 
may be improved, and worsened, by 
art and culture. He knew the dangers 
of soil erosion and advocated contour 

The Christian activities of building 
cathedrals and of writing books on 
parchment meant drastic alterations 
in the landscape because of the re- 
moval of quantities of quarried rock 
and the clearing of land and the over- 
pasturing of land by large flocks of 
herd animals whose skins provided 
the parchment. Such things made men 
aware of their power to change the 
face of nature, and they began to 
think of ways to control Nature her- 

Men began to ask if it was perhaps 
the Nature — geography, climate, etc., 
— that made men work out their par- 
ticular laws and customs. Bodin be- 
lieved in the influence of climate, but 
he also insisted that a strong govern- 
ment could overcome the influences 
of nature, that man could indeed con- 
trol his environment. In this he was 
looking toward the new age of Des- 
cartes and modern science. 

For it was Descartes who deliber- 
ately set man over against Nature. 
Increased knowledge, he said, would 
lead to complete control of the en- 
vironment, especially as technology 
was called in as an ally in the strug- 
gle. The leaders in the Scientific 
Revolution, 17th.c, followed in the 
same path, carried away by the excit- 
ing results of applied science — as Ba- 
con had advocated in the Advance- 
ment of Learning, and as members 
of the Royal Society were realizing 
in their own experimenting. After all, 
the applications were regarded as 
beneficent; no one worried about the 
end result. 

No one, except perhaps, John Eve- 
lyn, the great landscape architect 
who wrote a book on forestation and 
land use, and inveighed against the 
smoke that issued from the premises 
of the brewers, dyers, and soap mak- 
ers of London, whose chimneys, he 
said, "manifestly infect the air by 
their belching forth from their sooty 
jaws." This is probably the earliest 
account of air pollution. But even 
here, the remedy was to lie in re- 
arranging the city or in manipulating 
nature — not in any change in the 
ways of man and society. Little did 
men then know of the changes which 
were coming which would be so dis- 
trastrous in their new technology and 
in the population explosion accom- 
panying the Industrial Revolution. 

Men were encouraged by the new 

science and by the rationalism of the 
Enlightenment to put their trust now 
in reason. They took the beneficence 
of God for granted and unconscious- 
ly accepted Man as the crown of 
Creation. The eclipse of monasticism 
and the ascetic tradition had not only 
put an end to a good deal of respon- 
sible agriculture, but it also made it 
natural for man to become increas- 
ingly pre-occupied with his own af- 
fairs. The opening of the American 
continent was looked upon as a sort 
of new Exodus, with the opportunity 
for planting a new Israel. Any way 
you looked at it, The world was there 

to be controlled and used by Man. 

And used it has been and is! Only 
the crisis of No-where to Go and 
maybe a forseeable end to the world's 
bounty has made everyone begin 
thinking about the environment. 

The picture I have painted is natu- 
rally oversimplified. The Crisis that 
confronts us is of long-standing and 
will not be easily solved. I believe it 
takes not only hard thinking but also 
a radical new understanding of the 
inseparable relationship between Man 
and his total environment — a new ac- 
ceptance of his accountability to God 
for the world he has been given. 

The Historian 

by Lysbeth W. Muncy 

Professor of History 
and Government 

History is a source of knowledge 
and information about the awful mis- 
takes that people have made in the 
past in the realm of the environment 
and of the disasters that they have 
suffered as a consequence of these 
mistakes. Civilizations have gone 
down into the pit because of their 
lack of regard for their environment. 

Think of the civilization of China, 
the denuding of the hills and valleys 
of China and the terrible floods that 
come to China as a consequence of it. 
Or think of Spain and the way in 
which thousands of sheep were herded 
on the pastures and with their little 
feet cut up the sod, so that topsoil 
was washed away and Spain became 
arid in so many areas. We think of 
examples where the right things were 
done, too, such as Holland, where the 
Dutch husbanded their resources 
and added to their land to grow the 
beautiful tulips. 

In American history we have not 
been without our faults in the de- 
struction of our environment. I am 
thinking of how the early colonists 
really saw trees as enemies. They 
had to clear the forests, to girdle the 
trees, to fell the trees, in order to 
prepare an area to grow their crops 
— and we have been cutting down 
trees and clearing areas ever since, 
in spite of Joyce Kilmer. 

We have a very strong tradition, 
as I see the development of our 
American culture — a strong tradition 
of individualism, of independence. We 
want to make our own decisions, we 
want to handle our own affairs. We 
want to control our own property. 
This is basic to our way of life and 
basic also to our Constitution. The 
embattled farmers of 1775 may be 
the embattled farmers of 1975 — 
farmers who are protecting their 
lands from highways, from power 
plants and factories. 

When we talk about environment 
we find all at once that new needs 
and new rights are in conflict with 

old rights. Certainly the manufac- 
turer has a right to run his factory; 
but the people who live near the fac- 
tory have a right to breathe. The 
landowner has a right to lease land 
for the erection of a billboard; but 
those who have aesthetic sensitivity 
cannot help but be offended by the 
billboard. The oil company has a right 
to acquire land on the northern slope 
of Alaska; the people of the USA and 
Canada have a right to object to the 
building of the pipeline through the 

How do we deal with conflicting 
rights? How do we persuade the rug- 
ged individualist that man is not an 
island unto himself? How do we per- 
suade the larger economic interests 
to sacrifice private rights and private 
profits for the public good? 

There is much good to be said about 
the free enterprise system, expressed 
by Adam Smith in his classical state- 
ment of the doctrine of the natural 
harmony between private interest and 
public welfare (the laissez faire doc- 
trine) , a statement given 20th-century 
expression by Charlie Wilson : 
"What's good for General Motors is 
good for the country." (Yet Adam 
Smith didn't think it all good and 
should be completely uncontrolled.) 
But this has been the ethos of the in- 
dustrial economy: "What we are do- 
ing is really for your best good. . . . 
We will have our way and everyone 
will be the gainer. We will have more 
goods, more cars, more TVs, more 
neon lights, more computers. Let us 
produce goods, goods, goods!" 

But what price goods? Somehow, 
we must change the attitude — not 
only the greed for the almighty dol- 
lar but also the comforting assump- 
tion that what the businessman de- 
cides is best for his profit is auto- 
matically best for us all. 

I have overstated the case. Yet I 
believe that to the ruthless drive to 
plunder our resources and the easy 
rationalization that such action will 
do more good than harm, that to such 
attitudes we must say No. The cost 
is too great. We must ask: How can 
we persuade people to take a cut in 
profit? To pay more for cars? For 
gasoline? To accept higher taxes in 
order to pay for local, state and fed- 
eral projects? How can we persuade 
the governments — local, state and fed- 
eral — to take action, to spend money, 
to change zoning laws, to buy wet- 
lands and great beaches? 

This is something we must ask 
ourselves as we think about engaging 
in environmental education and edu- 
cation leading to action. 

As I see it, in environmental un- 
dertakings the real crunch is eco- 
nomics but real success will depend 
on sustained dedication. 

"I know a bank whereon the wild 
thyme blows." 

— Shakespeare 

The Economist 

by Reuben G. Miller 

Charles A. Dana 
Professor of Economics 

Environmental problems are un- 
questionably an aspect of the opera- 
tion of our economic system. The 
level of pollution and the rate of de- 
struction of natural resources is di- 
rectly related to the nature of our 
production and consumption pro- 
cesses and the level at which they are 
being carried out. Some people find it 
easy to use this fact to support the 
conclusion that it is economics and 
the economic system that is at the 
root of our environmental problems. 
In this view it is the uncontrolled 
greed and materialism that is identi- 
fied with the economic system that is 
thought to be the main obstacle to 
maintaining a decent environment. 
At another time, in another place, 
speaking to a representative of an- 
other generation, this position was 
summed up for me in this statement: 
"To hell with economics, let's build 
a better world." 

Is it possible to build a better world 
without economics? Certainly, we 
cannot hope to improve the quality 
of our physical and social life with- 
out intervening in the operation of 
the economic system and modifying, 
perhaps radically changing, the struc- 
ture and functioning of the system. 
Consider for a moment some of the 
basic questions that have been raised 

by our concern with the quality of 
the environment — 

1. If the rising pollution of air and 
water become unacceptable or dan- 
gerous to the general public, who 
should pay, and how much, for reduc- 
ing or eliminating pollution? 

2. If the preservation of finite re- 
sources requires recycling and re- 
using nonrenewable materials, who 
should pay, and how much, for the 
disposal of solid waste for which the 
consumer has no further use? 

3. What personal and corporate 
uses of private property are consider- 
ed to be in conflict with the public 
interest in a healthy environment, in- 
cluding the aesthetic values of that 

4. If the pursuit of unrestrained 
economic expansion raises intolerable 
threats to the quality of human life — 
and if the doctrine of no-growth is 
politically and morally unacceptable 
— how do we determine the desirable 
direction for economic growth in the 

5. In the course of establishing 
standards for a healthy environment, 
should reliance be placed on incen- 
tives or punitive measures, or some 
combination of these to secure com- 

These questions imply the substitu- 
tion of some form of means of na- 
tional planning and collective choices 
for private choices and individual ac- 
tion. However, it should be clear that 
no matter who chooses or whose 
values dominate, choices must be 

The problem of our environment 
is in fact an economic problem. Not 
in the sense of it being a question 
of business activity or the making of 
money, but in the very fundamental 
sense of its being a problem of cop- 
ing with scarcity. Pollutants become 
a problem when air and water is rel- 
atively scarce. The use of air as a 
reservoir for waste materials means 
that it cannot be used for breathing. 
Each use of a scarce resource has a 
cost in terms of the alternative uses 
we must forego. Conservation of re- 
sources is a question of economizing 
on their use. 

Now this is not a startling conclu- 
sion, but it has extremely important 
implications that are easily missed. 
First and foremost, it means that in 
evaluating private practices and 
formulating public policy we should 
not treat questions of the environ- 
ment as solely technical problems or 
ideological issues. Rather, we must 
take an economic approach. Which 
means that we must carefully con- 
sider the costs and benefits of any 
action and be guided in our decision 
bv the benefit-cost ratio. This is a way 


I think that I shall never see 

A billboard lovely as a tree. 

Indeed, unless the billboards fall, 

I'll never see a tree at all. 

— Ogden Nash 
From Verses From 1929 On 
by Ogden Nash. Reprinted 
by permission of Little, 
Brown and Company. 

of considering the total environment 
— physical and social, private and 
public, when we make choices. 

It is precisely because of our failure 
to consider all of the costs and bene- 
fits associated with the production of 
material goods and services that we 
are currently experiencing a rapid 
deterioration of our physical environ- 

In the past we have relied on 
private incentive and consumer wants 
expressed through a competitive mar- 
ket process to calculate the cost and 
benefit of alternative uses and condi- 
tions of our environment. The basic 
assumption of this form of economic 
organization is simply that individ- 
uals as consumers and producers at- 
tempt to achieve a more preferred po- 
sition for themselves by putting their 
privately-owned resources to uses 
most highly valued by society as a 
whole. However, this has proved to 
be incorrect because of the inability 
of the private market mechanism to 
consider social costs and benefits as 
well as private costs and benefits in 
evaluating economic goods and ac- 
tivity. It is not that we are not con- 
cerned about our environment, but 
that we have been systematically ig- 
noring our concern. 

The failure of the market mech- 
anism is clearly illustrated in the case 
of air pollution. The reason for this 
failure is that many important costs, 
especially social costs, are not brought 
to bear on the individuals making 
production or consumption decisions. 

If the owner of a car had to pay the 
full cost of driving his car, including 
reparations for damages he imposes 
on others in society, he would likely 
drive less. Resources would tend to 
flow into other modes of transporta- 
tion, such as mass transit, as they 
rose in value relative to the auto- 
mobile. But auto drivers can dump 
exhaust fumes, without charge, into 
the air. Since this residual affects 
others, including the unborn, unfavor- 
ably, the social costs end up being 
greater than the private payments 
incurred by automobile owners. Peo- 
ple now drive cars more than they 
would if they had to pay the full cost 
of operating them. Hence, undesirably 
high levels of pollution occur. 

Our basic problem is not whether 
or not we should eliminate pollution, 
but rather how much we should elim- 
inate. Paradoxically, we must define 
the proper level of pollution before 
we can devise programs to improve 
the quality of our environment. We 
cannot, for example, simply choose 
to have clean air because it is good 
and desirable. Air is free; clean air 
is not. We must pay for it with other 
things which are valuable to us. 
Outdoor recreation, fresh air, and 
longer lives are things that people 
value and enjoy, but so are powerful 
cars, electricity for heating and light- 
ing, and cigarettes. The more of one 
we have, the greater the amount of 
the other we must give up. 

It is doubtful that man can com- 
pletely eliminate pollution of the en- 

vironment, and only the militant ro- 
mantic would demand that we try. 
The cost of returning the environ- 
ment to its pristine purity would be 
Stone Age living conditions. Clearly 
this is too high a price. Problems of 
anti-pollution control then are essen- 
tially a question of finding the right 
price and this requires a careful ex- 
amination of all costs and benefits. 

I am in fact offering economics as 
a moral code. "If it pays, it is good" 
— or any time the increment of bene- 
fit exceeds the increment of cost, the 
action is desirable. This is a truism 
if we consider all of the relevant 
costs and benefits. But is it practical? 

Can we in fact discover and quan- 
tify (measure) all of the costs and 
benefits associated with an action 
such as a reduction in the level of 
air pollution in Los Angeles? This is 
truly a formidable task and perhaps 
one that we will never entirely mas- 
ter. However, even information on 
just the primary costs and benefits 
would allow us to make intelligent 
choices about our environment. 

When one recognizes, as one must, 
that man's character is not just that 
of homo ecomicus but is also incur- 
ably romantic as well, it is clear that 
prudent and cold calculation of cost 
and benefit will not be the only ele- 
ment influencing man's choice of en- 
vironment. However, the economics 
of the problem certainly are a neces- 
sary ingredient in evaluating alterna- 
tive measures of achieving various 
levels of pollution in our total envi- 

The Art - 

by Eleanor D. Barton 
Professor of Art 


by Anna Chao Pai, '57 

Assistant Professor, 
Department of Biology, 
Montclair State College 

One neglected realm of crucial im- 
portance in the whole question of 
Total Environment is most certainly 
that of Visual Pollution. We are 
affected by all our surroundings, 
whether consciously or unconsciously, 
and we, in turn, will be judged and 
are being judged on this score by all 
the rest of the world. 

No judgment can be severe enough 
for the lamentable failure whereby 
"America the Beautiful" has been 
turned into "God's Own Junkyard." 
The much-touted American "way of 
life" has become synonymous with a 
dismal jungle of hot-dog stands, gas- 
stations, used car lots and billboards, 
billboards, billboards. The sorriest as- 
pect of the whole problem is that 
most billboards are ultimately spon- 
sored by people who should know 
better, namely, all of us. 

To be blunt and give an example; 
Sweet Briar Alumnae have planted 
lovely Dutch bulbs with a generosity 
in part made possible through funds 
from businesses and banks which 
have planted the garbage of bill- 
boards all over what ought to be one 
of the most beautiful countries in the 

Our record, in brief, is shameful. 
The question is — what can be done? 
In my judgment we must admit that 
the system of private enterprise has 
here run rampant into disaster; the 
concept of the public interest must 
now begin to prevail. To protect this 
interest legislation is clearly man- 
datory; the freedom of individual 
choice to foul everyone's nest should 
simply no longer be permitted in a 
society that likes to think of itself 
as sophisticated and civilized. 

Environmental problems facing 
mankind today are of great concern 
to geneticists, as we believe there is 
the very real possibility that these 
problems may lead to a serious weak- 
ening of human beings as a species 
at best, through the accumulations 
of mutations, and at worst could lead 
to our very extinction. 

What worries geneticists is the 
fact that it is necessary at this 
stage in our technical knowledge to 
qualify our statements as I have just 
done with such words as may, pos- 
sibly, could. Because the plain truth 
is we do not have the techniques to 
scientifically and conclusively eval- 
uate the effects of the myriad chem- 
icals being voluntarily ingested daily 
by our pill-popping, drug-obsessed 
society — or involuntarily from the 
pollution of our air, water, and food. 
It is the abuse of our internal en- 
vironment and the possible genetic 
consequences to which this article is 

To grasp fully the scope of the 
problem as it is viewed by the geneti- 
cist, allow me to touch briefly upon 
some of the basic biological principles 
by which our development as a spe- 
cies and our continued existence in 
the natural world depend. 

All forms of living things are 
what they are as a result of the 
genes they possess which determine 
their potential. Whether they reach 
this potential is to a great degree 
influenced by their environment. 
Genes are located in the chromosomes 
of every cell within the body and are 
chemical molecules, DNA, susceptible 
to change (mutation) when exposed 
to various agents, natural or man- 
made, such as irradiation or chemi- 

A mutation per se is not good or 
bad. It is good or bad for the in- 
dividual depending on whether the 
new trait determined by the changed 
gene is compatible with the environ- 
ment of the individual. If a muta- 
tion, for example, occurs by chance 
in a mosquito causing it and its off- 
spring to be resistant to DDT, the 
change is only beneficial if the mos- 
quito is in an environment in which 
there is DDT. If DDT is introduced 
into its surroundings, then the muta- 
tion would allow it to survive (as it 
has in 10% of the mosquito popula- 
tions in areas treated with DDT) and 
reproduce. Those mosquitos without 
the mutation would perish. This pro- 
cess resulting in the introduction of 
a new trait into the population 
through favorable interaction of a 
mutation and the environment is 
what is called natural selection, the 
basis of evolution itself. 

There are three basic facts about 
mutation which are directly relevant 
to our discussion. One is that muta- 
tions occur randomly, by chance. They 
are not directed, nor do they occur 
in response to the needs of the or- 
ganism. The mutation to DDT resist- 
ance did not arise because there was 
DDT in the surroundings. It may 
have occurred well before there was 
DDT, and had been transmitted for 
generations. Its advantages became 
apparent only when the carriers of 
the mutation found themselves in a 
DDT laden environment. The point 
here is that man cannot expect to 
respond to, e.g., the smog in the air 
by acquiring mutations that would 
change his respiratory system so as 
to be able to metabolize smog rather 
than oxygen. 

A second basic fact is that muta- 
tions occur infrequently, which is 
why it takes millions of years to 
evolve a particular form of life. 
Therefore, if the environment changes 
quickly (as ours is changing, due to 
pollution, increased radioactivity and 
the ingestion of chemicals) it is un- 

"There was an old woman who lived 
in a shoe, 

She had so many children she didn't 
know what to do." 

— Nursery Rhyme, e. 1750 
(If the USA continues at its present 
rate, there will be seven people in 
2060 for every two now.) 

likely that any species with as long a 
generation span as humans have, 
would have amongst its numbers in- 
dividuals who happen to be carrying 
mutations that could allow them to 
adapt to the new conditions. Indeed, 
evolutionary history has shown re- 
peatedly that if a species is no longer 
fit for its environment and vice-versa, 
that species becomes extinct. We hu- 
mans must recognize the undeniable 
fact that we are biological organisms, 
susceptible to the laws of nature as 
are any of our biological brethren. 

The third basic fact is one which 
directly concerns human geneticists. 
That is, that most mutations are det- 
rimental and are not immediately ex- 
pressed. Sexually reproducing or- 
ganisms contain all genes in pairs, 
one copy from the mother, one from 
the father. Most mutations are what 
we term recessive, necessitating its 
presence in each of the pair of genes 
in order for the trait to be detected. 
The presence of a normal gene usually 
dominates or masks the effects of a 
recessive mutation. It is unlikely, 
therefore, that most mutations which 
humans incur will be immediately 
manifest. Yet these new genes, for 
the most part detrimental, are trans- 
mitted from generation to generation. 

Technically we can detect gross 
mutations such as those that affect 
entire chromosomes or result in 
pieces of chromosomes being broken. 
But studies have shown that in na- 
ture, these are in the minority, and 
by far the most frequent type of mu- 
tation are the single gene changes. 
We have no methods at present to 
immediately detect single gene muta- 
tions in humans. 

As it is not possible to experiment 
with human beings, geneticists can 
only wait for future generations to 
provide data on the possible muta- 
genic effects of drugs and chemicals 
being taken now. We can do this only 
by observing the presence of abnorm- 
al traits in individuals who by chance 
will receive the same mutated gene 
from his mother and his father so 
that the effects of a recessive muta- 
tion can then be expressed. If such ab- 
normalities do in the future bear out 
our fears, it would of course be too 
late then to prevent the mutations 
which are occurring now. 

Studies on experimental animals, 
which have much shorter life spans 
than do humans, have shown that 
many of the substances we ingest to- 
day are mutagenic on these animals. 
As scientists, our problem is to ex- 
trapolate from reactions of animal 
cells to reactions of human cells. At 
present there is no way of doing so 
conclusively, as all species are, after 
all, metabolically different. 1 

There is no question in the minds 

of geneticists, however, that humans 
are acquiring mutations. Some forms 
of cancer are believed to result from 
mutations in body cells. If chemicals 
can cause mutation in body cells, there 
is little reason to doubt that they 
could also cause mutations in germ 
cells that would then be transmitted 
to future generations. Dr. James 
Crow, one of our leading human ge- 
neticists, has stated in a recent NIH 
report that some chemicals may con- 
stitute a more serious genetic risk 
than radiation (which has been 
known to be mutagenic since the 

We are, in summary, affecting the 
course of our evolution and the evolu- 
tion of many other species with a 
two-front assault: by changing our 
environment to be uninhabitable for 
the genes and traits we now possess, 
and by introducing into our gene pool 
new and for the most part detri- 
mental mutations rendering us less 
fit for the environment we are sup- 
posed to be adapted to through evolu- 

John F. Kennedy once said that 
"Our problems are man-made; there- 
fore, they can be solved by man." It 
is the profound hope of not only 
scientists but also all people that 
this is true; that we shall be able to 
rectify by our evolved intelligence 
the mistakes we have committed by 
the same intelligence. In fact, recent 
advances in genetics give us some 
hope that we may in the future be 
able to detect and correct genetic de- 
fects. But when and to what extent 
remains to be seen. 

We can only hope that together 
with the evolution of this superior in- 
telligence we have also evolved a 
measure of wisdom by which we may 
accept with humility our true place 
in the biological world and thereby 

Dr. Anna Pai received her master's 
degree from Bryn Mawr, 1959, and 
her Ph.D. degree from the Golding 
Division of the Albert Einstein Col- 
lege of Medicine, 1964. During the 
50's she was engaged in research at 
Bar Harbor's Jackson Memorial Lab- 
oratory, at the Genetics Laboratory 
of the Carnegie Institute, and at the 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 
where she was Instructor in Genetics, 

Last summer she held a post-docto- 
rate fellowship for research in Mam- 
malian Genetics division, Roche In- 
stitute of Molecular Biology. 

1. Conference on the Evaluation of 
the Mutagenicity of Drugs and 
other Chemical Agents, held Nov. 
4-6, Washington, D.C., co-sponsored 
by the National Academy of 
Science Research Council. 


by David A. Johnson 

Assistant Professor 
of Psychology 

That a person's past experiences 
exert considerable influence on his 
immediate perceptions of a given 
stimulus is one of the most reliable 
principles of psychology. It follows, 
then, that while a number of observ- 
ers of varying backgrounds may agree 
on the existence and even the im- 
portance of certain environmental 
problems, each of them sees the situ- 
ation somewhat differently. 

This, I believe, is a healthy sort of 
disagreement, since for such gen- 
erally accepted problems of over- 
population, pollution, and depletion 
of natural resources, a variety of 
problem solving approaches are 
brought to bear on common issues. 

As a psychologist observing our 
current environmental problems, I 
very naturally tend to perceive them 
as primarily behavioral in character. 
While there is a great tendency to 
look upon these problems as crises 
within the natural eco-systems, they 
certainly are not natural in origin. 
In virtually every case, these are 
problems of our own creation. As I 
remarked at the Fall Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Council, our behaviors have 
produced the current state of environ- 
mental affairs, and getting out of the 
mess is going to require some major 
changes in our behavior patterns. 

There is a prevailing tendency to 
think of our environmental problems 
as very recent developments. We tend 
to feel that our generation is primar- 
ily responsible — willing perhaps to 
share the guilt with one or two gen- 
erations immediately preceding ours. 
Surely the recent generations have 
contributed immensely to these prob- 
lems. None of us is guiltless, and 
moderate levels of guilt can serve as 
effective motivators of behavioral 
change. I believe the problems facing 
us today have been developing for 
centuries. I am convinced that they 
are an unfortunate part of our cul- 
tural heritage; if I may be permitted 
the analogy of natural selection, we 
face for the first time a situation 
which . demands that this trait be se- 
lected out if we are to survive. 

The state of the environment to- 
day is our unfortunate legacy. The 
problems are new, but they have been 
centuries in the making. Together 
with the damaged environment, we 
have been bequeathed a set of dam- 
aging behavior patterns; not innate 
patterns, to be sure, but culturally 
determined ones which are equally 
potent. In learning terminology, gen- 
eration upon generation of our an- 
cestors have been positively rein- 
forced for the behavior of modifying 
the environment. The reinforcements 
have been in the form of more and 
better food, greater comfort and se- 
curity, better health, vast economic 

gains. Seldom have the behaviors of 
modifying the environment been fol- 
lowed either by withholding of re- 
ward or by punishment. As a conse- 
quence, we have been conditioned to 
modify the environment in order to 
obtain the rewards which society has 
established as desirable. All this has 
been essentially positive and admira- 
ble, except that while we're learning 
to modify the environment to our ad- 
vantage we failed to learn an ap- 
preciation for the limitations of the 
eco-systems upon which we depend. 

We failed here due to the vast rich- 
ness and magnificent flexibility of the 
eco-systems themselves. Whenever a 
given source of reinforcement became 
depleted, we could call upon our in- 
genuity to discover an equal or su- 
perior alternative, and when rein- 
forcements became really scarce it 
seemed that there was always a new 
frontier with virgin sources waiting 
to be tapped. Today, there are no 
new frontiers. Instead there is the 
sobering realization that the limita- 
tions of our environment are finite. 

I have here briefly developed the 
thesis that our current environmental 
problems are the product of learned 
behaviors. Certainly there are many 
facets and implications associated 
with these problems, and I would not 
pretend that to consider them from 
the point of view of the psychology 
of learning is the most probable of 
yielding a solution. Yet, the fact that 
learned behaviors are involved is a 

Furthermore, this point of view 
has a bright side, since it has been 
well established that learned behav- 
iors can be unlearned and replaced 
with other learned behaviors. Part 
of the solution of our environmental 
problems rests on our ability to re- 
educate the people of the world re- 
garding their interactions with the 
environment. This is a tall order, but 
not an impossible one. This is one area 
where psychologists can make a major 

As you know, the relearning pro- 
gram is already underway. Currently 

"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds 
of Earth and danced the skies on 
laughter-silvered wings. . ." 

— John Magee, c. 1941 
Jet fuel used in 1958: zero gallons 
Jet fuel used in 1969: 7 billion gallons 

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Too many people and too many cars, 
"the basic elements of our environ- 
mental 'problem." 

— Chancellor Weidner 

we are being subjected to a great 
deal of propaganda in all forms of 
mass media. Some of it is apparently 
designed to sensitize us to the severity 
of the environmental situation; some 
of it is designed to cause us to modify 
our behaviors (relearn). Much of this 
propaganda is sincere in motive; un- 
fortunately, some of it represents 
commercial opportunizing. Some of it 
is carefully thought out, logical and 
reasonable in its appeal; some of it 
smacks of emotionalism or sensation- 
alism. It seems that many people are 
impressed by the absolute quantity 
of this propaganda barrage, with 
little consideration given to the under- 
lying motives or the probable effec- 
tiveness in terms of behavioral 

As a psychologist and a conserva- 
tionist, I am concerned with what 
might be called the efficiency of such 
re-educational programs. We should 
be sure that such programs are based 
on sound psychological principles. 
Recognizing that there is some finite 
amount of time during which we can 
reach each individual with materials 
designed to change his behavior, I 
would like to insure that this time 
be used to maximum advantage. Be- 
fore psychologists can advise in this 
regard, we must attempt to evaluate 
the efficiency of various appeals for 
behavior change. So far, this sort of 
needed research has been conspicuous 
by its absence. In spite of the millions 
of dollars currently being invested in 
radio and TV spots, magazine and 
newspaper ads, billboards, etc., we 
have no really good idea as to how 

well these various appeals are work- 
ing, if at all. 

The question of efficiency evalua- 
tions of reeducation programs raises 
several interesting corollary ques- 
tions. We need to know what type of 
appeal works best — the rational or 
the "scare-tactic." There is evidence 
from other areas of psychological re- 
search which indicates that sensa- 
tional appeals may have considerable 
attention-getting value but fail to 
communicate the message. 

Marketing psychologists learned 
long ago that negative appeal ads, 
which the sensational environmental 
appeal often resembles, are generally 
less effective than ads with a positive 
appeal. Different types of appeals 
may vary in effectiveness across dif- 
ferent age levels and different socio- 
economic and educational strata. A 
somewhat related question has to do 
with the agency sponsoring the ap- 
peal. Are people more apt to change 
their behavior when asked to do so 
by a governmental agency, a conser- 
vationist organization, or a youth 

I think a very crucial question re- 
lates to the role of children in such a 
program of reeducation. For several 
reasons it seems to me to be most 
efficient to concentrate our efforts at 
the level of the children. For one 
thing, it will be our children and their 
children who will suffer most if we 
fail to change certain crucial behavior 
patterns. We know, too, that children 
learn more readily and have fewer 
established patterns to unlearn than 
adults. We should keep in mind the 

persuasiveness of today's children. If 
we can sell the child on the advant- 
ages of a certain behavior, the effec- 
tiveness of the appeal is magnified, 
since the child will serve as an ex- 
ample for the parents. The child can 
also be depended upon to remind the 
parent if he should violate certain 
principles (witness the effective em- 
ployment of children in appeals 
against cigarette smoking) . 

Such a program of relearning can 
affect overt objective behaviors, co- 
vert behaviors such as attitudes, or 
both. I am particularly interested in 
attempting to measure effectiveness 
in terms of overt objective behaviors. 
While attitude change is easier per- 
haps to measure, it doesn't always 
follow that a person's behavior re- 
flects his stated feelings regarding 
some issue. 

I think we can quantify the effec- 
tiveness of various environmental ap- 
peals in terms of such measureable 
behaviors as refusing to buy products 
in non-returnable bottles, using low- 
lead or no-lead gasolines, cutting 
down on use of "convenience" paper 
products, etc. Right now, I am in- 
volved in the design of a research 
project which may shed some light 
on the effectiveness of conservation 
oriented appeals. 

I hope to call on the Sweet Briar 
alumnae for direct participation in 
the data-gathering and report phases 
of this project. Your officers have 
told me you are eager for this sort of 
involvement, and I hope to be able to 
give you some materials soon. 


The Political 

by Edward W. Weidner 

Chancellor, University 

of Wisconsin-Green Bay 

Why do we have a crisis of environ- 
mental quality? In the United States, 
a baby is born every 12 seconds, and 
a car is produced every five seconds. 
In this statement are found the basic 
elements of our environmental prob- 
lem. We not only have an increasing 
number of people, but also have in- 
telligent people who beget an ever 
more complex technology. And with 
the two together, we have our envi- 
ronmental problem. 

If our reproductive rate drops to 
just a replacement level by 1980 — 
hardly likely — the United States 
would be able to level off at 300 mil- 
lion plus inhabitants by the year 2045. 
If we are not successful in getting 
the reproductive rate down to re- 
placement level until the year 2000, 
this country would be in a situation 
where its population would level off 
20 years later, with 350 million peo- 
ple. 1980 is not very far in the future. 
To get the reproductive rate down by 
that time is going to require strong 
determination and action. A delay of 
20 years in the U.S.A. results in 50 
million more people. How many 20 
years are we going to wait? It is 
people multiplication that contributes 
so heavily to our environmental 

At the same time they continue to 
multiply, human beings have become 
ever-more intelligent. This has been 
a mixed blessing, because new wants 
have been generated that, in order to 
be satisfied, have required massive 
changes in our environment. We have 
used our intelligence to satisfy crea- 
ture comforts. 

For example, take transportation: 
the typical American family loves to 

jump into the station wagon and 
drive down the highway. Most of us 
shun car pools for getting to work 
in favor of the two or even three-car 
family. We concern ourselves only 
with the comfort involved — not with 
the degree of pollution of the internal 
combustion engine. The same pattern 
is found in air transportation. We 
demand more and more planes to go 
to more and more places. We rejoice 
in the jet age. Jet trails in the sky 
are viewed with interest and even 
pleasure, not with any sense of alarm. 
And what of the SST? Is such "pro- 
gress" inevitable? 

Many creature comforts are re- 
lated to electric power. The United 
States is a leader in things electrical. 
From 1946 to 1966 the use of electric 
power in the USA increased about 
400%. The average American uses 
more electric power than 55 Asians 
or Africans. Power makes possible so 
many creature comforts — the electric 
toothbrush, the shaver, the hair dryer 
and so on. Power blackouts are no 
longer confined to the less-developed 
countries; they occur in many regions 
of the United States. Heavy power 
demands are universal in this coun- 
try, and very frequently the mar- 
ginal power is produced by the most 
polluting element of the power plant. 
The plant would not use it if there 
was not that extra demand for power. 

Are we willing to let the tempera- 
ture in our buildings be 60-65 degrees 
in the wintertime? Are we willing to 
let the temperature of our buildings 
go up high in the summer?, If not, 
are we willing to put in enough 
money for research and development 
for non-polluting forms of power pro- 

People and technology have 
brought congestion and pollution. 
British author Gordon R. Taylor in 
his book, The Doomsday Book, has a 
striking analogy concerning the con- 
gestion and pollution which human 
beings with their technology are 
bringing. He says, "Put bacteria in a 
test tube, with food and oxygen, and 
they will grow explosively, doubling 
in number every 20 minutes until 
they form a solid, visible mass. But 
finally multiplication will cease as 
they become poisoned by their own 
waste products. In the center of the 
mass will be a core of dead and dying 
bacteria, cut off from food and oxy- 
gen of their environment." That is 
the situation we are in. We are on a 
limited spaceship or planet. Its re- 
sources are limited. Wastes must be 
recycled by nature or by man if we 
are to avoid the fate of the bacteria 
in the test tube. 

The congestion and pollution are 
right here — everywhere. An example 

of pollution is solid wastes. 

In 1969, residential, commercial 
and institutional refuse in the USA 
totaled 250 million tons. Of this, 190 
million tons were collected and dis- 
posed of in some manner, but 60 mil- 
lion tons remained uncollected, blight- 
ing the highways, vacant land and 
recreational areas. Manufacturers 
produced 110 million tons of solid 
waste; the mineral industry, 1.7 bil- 
lion tons of refuse; agriculture gen- 
erated 2.2 billion tons of animal and 
slaughterhouse waste and crop resi- 

Most of the 43 billion metal and 
glass beverage containers manufac- 
tured in the USA were discarded af- 
ter use. Of an estimated 7 million 
cars dropped from service, more than 
1 million were simply abandoned. 

It is apparent, then, that we must 
stabilize our population and minimize 
and recycle our wastes. 

Why do we have congestion and 
pollution ? These conditions exist be- 
cause of a lack of environmental 
awareness and a low position for en- 
vironmental quality on the totem pole 
of values. The world needs a greatly 
enhanced environmental ethic. Envi- 
ronmental awareness and an environ- 
mental ethic are true concerns of 
education at all levels. The problem 
of people, of technology, of pollution, 
of congestion and by all means the 
development of an environmental 
ethic are not only appropriate major 
foci for education — they are compul- 
sory foci for education if the species 
is to survive. 

What are the educational prerequi- 
sites for environmental education? 
There is one general answer: a com- 
munity action approach to education. 
This means combining technical 
knowledge with environmental aware- 
ness and a plan for cooperative un- 
dertakings. Community action should 
be the net result of education in en- 
vironmental problems. We need envi- 
ronmental education to make every- 
one conscious of the problems — -en- 
vironmental education from the pre- 
school level to and beyond the level 
of higher education. It is time to map 
out a program for action, a program 
that will not be just an instant re- 
sponse to a temporary human need. 
We need an agenda for action that 
will help produce a new environmen- 
tal ethic, a program that will relate 
education integrally to cardinal vir- 
tues recognized by all mankind — 
peace and love, and environmental 
quality, without which neither of the 
other cardinal virtues is attainable. 
In short, it is imperative that "We 
see America first," that we join 
hands in environmental education and 
community action programs in order 
to preserve "America the Beautiful." 


We Go 

Thirteen days after we returned home from 
Sweet Briar's February Workshop on Our Total 
Environment — six panel discussions, two ad- 
dresses, a slide program, a Green House Tour, 
and Buck Edwards' film — we learned from the 
Wall Street Journal that "ECOLOGY IS "IN." 

We have long known — the Wall Street Jour- 
nal notwithstanding — that Ecology has been the 
IN THING for a good many years at our 3400- 
acre college campus, probably since 1901. It took 
the ecologic crisis of the 60's plus imaginative 
thinking by Elizabeth Broun Trout, '35, of Roa- 
noke to alert the Alumnae Association that Ecolo- 
gy can and should be the IN THING for Sweet 
Briar alumnae. The Roanoke Times, December, 
1970, picked up Broun's Project with this head- 
line: Alumnae to Fight Pollution: "An army of 
8,000 women will enter the battle against pollu- 
tion ... In a move considered without precedent 
in the annals of college alumnae endeavors, the 
8,000 or more alumnae of Sweet Briar College 
are expected to take an active part in a program 
designed to put them in the front ranks of ecol- 
ogy activists. Their banner reads, Our Total 

The banner, so to speak, began flying last fall 
when the Executive Board of the Alumnae As- 
sociation voted to launch a new program, Our 
Total Environment, as a Continuing Education 
Project under the leadership of Elizabeth Broun 

In the months since the decision was made to 
undertake what possibly can be our most excit- 
ing, rewarding Alumnae Association project, the 
Association has made a banner start: the College 
allocated the Boxwood tea room as the Office of 
Continuing Education; Laura Buckham and 
Helen McMahon, '23 volunteered to be Project 
Coordinators; and Broun Trout, Elizabeth Bond 
Wood, '34, and Julie Mills Jacobsen, '45, organ- 
ized and prepared a highly successful two and 
one-half day training Workshop, Feb. 3-5. Near- 
ly 30 Sweet Briar Clubs sent representatives to 
the Workshop. Fifty alumnae came from Atlanta, 
Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Chattanooga, 
Chicago, Cleveland, Dayton, Washington, D.C., 
Dallas, Fairfield Co., Conn., Greensboro, Indian- 
apolis, Louisville, Nashville, New York City, N. 
New Jersey, Virginia Peninsula, Philadelphia, 
Princeton, Richmond, Roanoke, Savannah, St. 
Louis, Westchester, Amherst, and Lynchburg. 

The Workshop was a training program: first, 
we learned the purposes of the new project; 

second, we learned "Here is what you do when 
you go home." 

The purposes of the project, as explained by 
Elizabeth Wood, are three-fold: 

1. the involvement of our alumnae in a project 
of such magnitude and importance that real 
service would be done for this country — "a 
project that will have a definite impact upon 
making life more than just bearable for 
them and for their children and in the 

2. the promotion of this project in such ways 
as to benefit the College. The accomplish- 
ments of alumnae in their communities re- 
flect favorably upon the College which 
claims them and calls attention to the value 
of the institution itself. 

3. the strengthening of ties between the alum- 
nae and the College by the promotion of a 
project through the Alumnae Association 
that relates to the life of each alumna, 
wherever she is or whatever she is doing. 

"We know," continued our Director of Alumnae 
Affairs, "that the Sweet Briar Alumnae Associa- 
tion will not solve all the environmental problems 
of this country today or tomorrow, but we are 
convinced that there is no limit to what can be 
accomplished by the greatest labor force in this 
country today — the concerned women volunteers." 
To become ecology activists in our own com- 
munities, here is what we do: 
Step One: Send for the Workbook on Our Total 
Environment. This Workbook explains in de- 
tail how you and/or your Club can participate 
in the Project. Write to the Office of Continu- 
ing Education, Sweet Briar, Va., 24595. (Or 
write to TOTE, Box E, Sweet Briar, 24595.) 
Step Two: If you live in an area where there is 
a Club call your Club President and ask her to 
call a general meeting. Prepare a meeting no- 
tice that is a "Call to Arms." Purpose: to dis- 
cuss and select a program that is appropriate 
for your Club. Stress: there are opportunities 
for the Club as a group, sub-groups, and in- 
dividuals — full time, part-time, and from home. 
Plan your presentation carefully: use your 
Workbook (Step One) as a basis for your 
discussion; have materials for circulation, such 
as reading lists, suggested plans, and a sign- 
up sheet; appoint people to be responsible for 
a group project, liaison with other organiza- 
tions, projects taken on by sub-groups or in- 




dividuals. Plan a time and place for launching 
a group project whatever it is. If further as- 
sistance is needed, write to Laura Buckham 
or Helen McMahon. 

In summary under Step Two: your first re- 
sponsibility either as a Sweet Briar Club or 
as an individual living where no Club exists is 
to know your own city and then to decide your 
own goal or project. In your own community 
what particular environmental problems inter- 
est you? Water pollution? Air? Noise pollu- 
tion? Visual pollution? Conservation of natural 
resources ? Restoration of buildings and 
grounds? Parks and recreation? Disposal of 
solid wastes ? In your own city what agencies 
are already working on environmental prob- 
lems, agencies that can help you and that you 
with your research can help them? Such 
groups as the League of Women Voters, the 
schools, the Scouts, civic groups, Junior 
League, Wildlife Federation, Audubon Society 
Izaak Walton League, AAUW, 4-H Clubs, 
Water Pollution Control Board, Conservation 
Commission or a Conservancy District, the 
Chamber of Commerce, a City Beautification 
Commission, Planned Parenthood. Get a list 
of volunteer and official organizations in your 
city; find out what these people are doing 
before you set your own goal(s). 

Step Three: Guidelines 

A. For a Club which can take on a project as a. 

• Decide on a project or name a committee 

to present several projects based on a re- 
search of the situation in your community. 

• Use your project-research committee to 

plan an approach before a Club meeting 
so that you are ready to go. 

• Be certain that anyone assigned to work 

with other groups in your community will 
have done their homework and have the 
straight facts. 

• Divide responsibilities for a group project 

and plan sessions where the group will 
learn from each other. 

• Coordinate with the program chairman of 

your Club and draw upon resources of the 
College for materials and advice. 

B. For Clubs which prefer to set up several small 
groups with different projects. 

• Offer a variety of topics such as: a specific 

environmental issue related to beautifica- 

tion or trash disposal or zoning and con- 
struction; study of actions of existing 
groups in your city; legislative study; en- 
vironmental education in your own schools. 

• Name a team leader to coordinate the dif- 

ferent projects. 
C. For Clubs or areas with alumnae who cannot 
join a group or team and who want to take 
on an individual assignment. 

• Determine what time and talents these 
people have 

must work at home 

could be a source of information or could 
gather data from their professional or 
volunteer job 

could do research to support a Club proj- 
ect and to send information to Central 
Data file at SBC 

• Assign a project and arrange for these 

people to report either to a Sweet Briar 
Club or to SBC. 
Step Four: Record your Club's and/or individual 
projects and assignments, reports, data-gath- 
ered results and comments. Report to the Col- 
lege (write to TOTE, Box E at Sweet Briar). 
The College resources will be enhanced by 
your reports. Clubs in other areas will benefit 
from the exchange of data and case histories 
cleared through the College. 
In other words, as Julie Jacobsen pointed out 
during the Workshop, the Continuing Education 
Project is a two-way street: you feed your facts 
and data to the College; and the College feeds 
you information, advice, facts, and data collected 
from other alumnae all over the country. 

Commenting on this "feed-back" arrangement, 
Broun Trout said, "Should one community find a 
reasonable solution to a type of air pollution, the 
alumnae there would send the information to the 
College. Then it would be available for use by 
another community which might have the same 
problem. The alumnae in the second community 
would see that the information got to the proper 
authorities. We are stressing working through 
established channels." 

All of which brings us back to Chancellor 
Weidner's urgent plea during the Workshop that 
we join hands and participate in community 
action programs to improve the quality of Our 
Total Environment. With dedication and effort, 
8,000 Sweet Briar alumnae can join hands to 
effect changes in Our Total Environment. 


A Case in Point: Sweet Briar Alumnae in Action 

For Love of a River 

by Logan Phinizy Johns, '36, Richmond, Virginia 

"Rivers and the relationships men 
have established with them have lain 
at the heart of the human adventure 
through all the centuries." 

In the spring of 1967, Mary- 
Frances Buchanan Flowers, '39, Proj- 
ect Chairman of the Boxwood Garden 
Club and currently the President of 
The Garden Club of Virginia, and I, 
her assistant, set out in search of a 
new venture for the Club — hopefully 
something related to conservation and 
not to fund-raising! A challenging ar- 
ticle in The Commonwealth, "Plan- 
ning a New Richmond," led us to the 
staff of the City Planning Commis- 
sion to learn more of their hopes and 
plans for the Richmond-James River 

We learned that they had more 
hopes than plans. In addition to pub- 
lic apathy, there was a degree of op- 
position not only in City Council but 
also among the ranks of the Plan- 
ning Commission, concerning the ex- 
citing, imaginative concept of a re- 
vitalized downtown waterfront and a 
sparkling, clean James with accessi- 
ble wooded paths and parks along its 
upper banks. 

So enthralled were we by the vision 
of Richmond's becoming once again a 

city whose "throbbing heart was her 
river," we felt the apathy and opposi- 
tion could only stem from ignorance. 
WHAT our project should be was 
now clear, but HOW was not so easy. 

After several weeks of conferring 
and discussing with people in-the- 
know who were sympathetic to the 
cause, the consensus was that a slide 
show offered gratis to organizations 
and groups in search of a program 
would be the most effective way of 
getting the word around. 

After approval by the Boxwood 
Garden Club of a slide program cost- 
ing no more than $300, the adventure 
began. We studied the James and its 
banks in Richmond, the plans to up- 
grade it, beautify it, and make it ac- 
cessible. We garnered 189 slides re- 
lating to the river and its present 
condition, what had been done in 
other river cities in the United States 
and abroad, and what could be done 
in Richmond. 

Unfortunately, stout hearts, en- 
thusiasm and 189 slides do not a 
program make! We knew we must 
have professional help. We timidly 
approached Fred Frechette with a 
mountain of literature, the slides, 
and the usual "We don't have much 
money, but. . . ." The generosity of 
his response was outstanding. His 
talent, expertise, and concern for 
Richmond and the James resulted in 
a great 12-minute slide production 
with a taped narrative by Frank 
Brooks, THE professional voice of 
Richmond. And all this for the love 
of a river! 

The Richmond Jaycees had become 
interested in the development of the 
James River Park and, hearing of 
our project, asked if they might help 
us in promoting the idea. We accept- 
ed their offer with thanksgiving and 
alacrity. They shared the expense of 
the projector and tape recorder and 
assumed responsibility for all the 
evening showings. Teams from the 
Boxwood Garden Club and the Jay- 
cees were trained to carry the pro- 
gram to any group that evinced the 
slightest interest. 

During the summer of 1967, Mary 
Anne Chichester of the Boxwood Club 
sent notices to more than 500 garden 
clubs, civic groups, etc. By September 
she had scheduled 55 slide-showings 
for the ensuing nine months — a mon- 
umental accomplishment, logistically 
speaking! More than 5,000 people had 
seen the program by June, 1968. 
Though we were not so bold as to 
believe we had waved the grass roots, 
we hoped we had caused them to 

Concurrently with the showing of 
the program we solicited letters to 
and appearances at hearings of the 
State Water Control Board and the 
City Council concerning water-quality 
standards, overhead power lines, and 
location of the Richmond Metropoli- 
tan Authority Expressway — all 


things that would jeopardize the real- 
ization of the James River Park. 

In addition to public activity, par- 
ticipation in many "off-the-record" 
meetings with effective citizens were 
held in an effort to enlist their sup- 
port for the Planning Commission's 
scheme. While not minimizing the 
weight of sheer numbers, often much 
can be accomplished by quiet, behind- 
the-scene effort. 

We Sweet Briar alumnae usually 
are in the privileged position of hav- 
ing access to important ears in the 
community, and by gentle persuasion 
we can render real service. By the 
same token, we are exposed to the 
approach of dedicated but irresponsi- 
ble flag-wavers who rush to join the 
cause— any cause. Avoid these do- 
gooders like the plague. Irresponsibil- 
ity and partial information are sure 
death to any endeavor. 

We must at all times remember 
that we are interested in total en- 
vironment and that industry is a part 
of that total environment. Economic 
needs must be met, but not neces- 
sarily in a way that disgorges the 
gifts bestowed on us by nature. If 
we remain reasonable, we encourage 
others to be reasonable and to seek a 
satisfactory solution for all interests 

In 1970 a city-wide organization, 
the Richmond Scenic James Council, 
was formed with its purpose: "to 
encourage preservation of the natural 
beauty of the James River and its 
environs in the Richmond metropoli- 
tan area; to oppose pollution of the 

river, to stimulate public interest and 
provide a continuing effective voice 
for concerned citizens in the above 

On October 11, 1970, the first of 
three segments of the James River 
Park was officially opened to the pub- 

Three able and energetic women, 
Mesdames Sydnor, Tabb, and Rucker, 
presently are working with business 
leaders in the community in an at- 
tempt to salvage and revitalize the 
old locks and Kanawha Canal. 

This does not presume to be a 
"success story," for the story is a 
long way from completion. It is 
simply an account of our relationship 
with our river, which was indeed a 
glorious adventure. 

"We studied the James River . . . the 
plans to beautify it and -make it ac- 



• •• 

One Family of 
Valued Neighbors" 


"There are the Walkers who have been involved 
with Sweet Briar in many ways — and Miss 
Ruby," who until the last few years had attended 
every Sweet Briar commencement, beginning with 
the first class of five girls who graduated in 

Miss Ruby died in January, 1971, in her eighty- 
ninth year. Thinking of her and her sister Miss 
Winifred and of all the Walkers who are affec- 
tionately remembered by hundreds of Sweet Briar 
alumnae, we should like to take you back a num- 
ber of years and briefly describe how Miss Ruby 
and her family contributed to the College and the 
Sweet Briar community. 

For this, we turn to two alumnae: Martha Lou 
Lemmon Stohlman, '34, author of The Story of 
Sweet Briar College, and to Martha von Briesen, 
'31. Both of them have written accounts of the 
Walker family. 

"Where neighbors of any sort were few and 
far between," Mrs. Stohlman writes, "it was rare 
good fortune to have nearby a family so spirited, 
so well-traveled, well-read — and so large. The 
head of the family was Dr. George E. Walker, 
a physician and research chemist. He and his 
wife had adventurously moved from England to 
Canada with their six children . . . They went 
to western Manitoba, completing the last miles 
of the trip in a covered wagon. Dr. Walker with 
great difficulty made a sod dugout to shelter his 
family until the log-house could be built — a mat- 
ter of five months. Dr. Walker's ministrations to 
sick Indians protected them from raids of the 
Blackfeet tribe, but wolves, who were not to be 
appeased, often stole food from them and even 
took Dr. Walker's boots. In their years in Mani- 
toba they prospered, produced three more chil- 
dren, and organized a family orchestra" which 
was later to give many musicales for Sweet Briar 

In 1895 the family moved to Florida, living 
there for 14 years before deciding they "needed 
a brisker climate . . . they sent their son Will 
to prospect in Virginia. He was on a train en 
route to Lynchburg when beautiful green hills 
caught his eye; a little station flashed by and 
his inquiry to the conductor brought the answer, 
'That was Sweet Briar.' Will's visit to a Lynch- 
burg real estate agent produced pictures of an 
estate which had recently come on the market: 
Mount St. Angelo. When the agent said it was 
located at Sweet Briar, a sale was quickly made." 

From 1909 to 1924 the Walkers lived at Mount 
Saint Angelo, a house and farm originally part 
of the Sweet Briar property, which was re-pur- 
chased by the College in 1969. After this they 
lived in a large red brick house across the road 
and even nearer the College. 

When the Walkers came to Virginia, "paths 
between St. Angelo and Sweet Briar were soon 

worn wide and bare ... A girl walking over 
for tea with the Walkers might have felt herself 
to be a heroine of a Hardy or Bronte novel. If 
the landscapes were only mildly British, the re- 
ception at the end of the walk was surely not," 
Mrs. Stohlman writes. "Even Miss Ruby who had 
left England at the age of one never let the 
south depress the crispness of her speech." 

Both writers emphasize the gracious Walker 
hospitality, the annual Thanksgiving night par- 
ties when the Walkers invited the whole Sweet 
Briar community to an evening of songs and 
games around a huge bonfire. "And when Violet 
Walker was married, the event was noted on 
the Sweet Briar calendar, for the entire college 
was invited to the reception." 

With Dr. Walker's death in 1920, "Dr. Will" 
became head of the family, and the tradition of 
service and friendship to the College was carried 
on by Mrs. Walker, Aunt Kitty, and other mem- 
bers of the family. Dr. Will knew everyone on 
campus; he was father confessor to the girls; he 
met trains and took parties on special trips to 
Lynchburg, Lexington and Charlottesville; he 
was vestryman at the Ascension Church until his 
death in 1953. Even Ted, the youngest, who died 
this February, returned to Sweet Briar in 1950, 
working on the staff of the Boxwood Inn and 
later as a security officer for the College until 
1964 when he retired at the age of 76. 

Two vignettes in Mrs. Stohlman's book de- 
scribe how both Dr. Will and Miss Ruby reacted 
to the emergency, Fire. During President Mc- 
Vea's administration, "a Christmas tree caught 
fire during a tableau in the chapel. Dr. Will 
Walker started toward the blazing tree and Miss 
McVea rose at once from her seat, turned to the 
audience and quietly but audibly said, "Every- 
one will remain seated. Dr. Will will take 
charge." No one moved; Dr. Will extinguished 
the flames with his hands." On a morning in 1927, 
Miss Ruby, "at work in her bookshop which was 
in the cottage beside Sweet Briar House, was 
horrified to see smoke pouring through the lattice 
work . . . She slammed the cash drawer shut, 
ran to the telephone, hurried into the east tower 
to rouse the faculty who lived there, then she 
rushed back downstairs, seized a large silver 
tray and hurtled out ... it was three hours 
before the fire was quenched." 

Years before Miss Ruby worked in the book- 
shop next to Sweet Briar House and had alerted 
the College to the fire (presumably, her quick 
action prevented serious damage to the House), 
years before this — during her first year at Mount 
Saint Angelo — she worked for the new teashop. 
"With no recompense other than the gratitude of 
Sweet Briar's residents, she baked most of the 
cakes that were sold in the shop. Sometimes Aunt 
Kitty helped her and, at the peak of their pro- 

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The Walker Family Orchestra. This picture was taken before the family left Florida in 1909. Left to right, standing: 
Winifred, Will, Violet, Ernest, Ruby, Mary and Ted. Seated: Aunt Kittie, Dr. Walker, Mrs. Walker, Lillie and Edith. 

duction, they once baked seventeen cakes in a 
day; it almost ruined permanently Miss Ruby's 
taste for cake. 

"In 1918 Miss Ruby was officially added to the 
college staff when she became manager of the 
bookshop," a post she held for 29 years. Her 
sister, Miss Winifred, joined Miss Ruby working 
at the bookshop, and what an inimitable, delight- 
ful pair they were. Miss Winifred who still lives 
in their little house on Dairy Road greets each 
Sweet Briar visitor with special warmth. She 
is a rare and wonderful spirit; believing in the 
good of all people, she brings out the best. 

The 1918 Sweet Briar Briar Patch was dedi- 
cated to the Walker family. In 1934 "the Alger- 
non Sydney Sullivan Award was bestowed upon 
Miss Ruby who was recognized as having made 
herself 'indispensable in and out of the book- 
shop.' Such formal recognitions," Mrs. Stolhman 
states, "are mere punctuations in the continuing 
affection and interest which residents of the 
campus, the transients and the permanent, take 
in the Walker family." 

Indeed, the Walkers have been and are "one 
family of valued neighbors." With affection and 
appreciation, we salute the Walker .family and 
Miss Ruby's survivors: Miss Winifred and an- 
other sister, Mrs. Basil Eyre-Walker of New 
Zealand, and a numbr of nieces and nephews, 
including Kathleen Ward Allen, a Sweet Briar 
graduate of the class of 1940. 

In honor of the Walker family a memo- 
rial fund has been started by Florence 
Freeman Fowler, '19. This fund will be 
used to light the beautiful spire of the 
Memorial Chapel. It is "Flo's" hope that 
this will be accomplished by small gifts 
from the many, many alumnae who knew 
and loved the members of this family 
from Sweet Briar's very earliest days 
down to the more recent alumnae who 
remember Miss Winifred Walker's many 
kindnesses to them in the Book Shop. 


Briar Patches 

Nominees for the Executive Board 

Margaret Graves McClung, '53, Chairman of the Nominating Commit- 
tee, and members of her Committee submit the following slate of alumnae 
to serve on the Executive Board of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association : 

President : Catharine Fitzgerald Booker, '47, Dayton, Ohio 

Second vice president: Jocelyn Palmer Connors, '62, Winston-Salem, N. C. 

Fund Chairman: Carla de Creny Levin, '51, Norfolk, Va. 

Alumnae Representative Chairman : Peachey Lillard Manning, '50, Ard- 

more, Pa. 
Finance Committee Chairman: Ann Samford Upchurch, '48, Birmingham, 

Nominating Chairman: Judith Sorley Chalmers, '59, Short Hills, N. J. 
Regional Chairmen : 

II. Patricia Whitaker Waters, '44, Lutherville, Md. 

III. Judith Burnett Halsey, '47, Richmond, Va. 

IV. Louise Aubrey McFarland, '54, Durham, N. C. 
VI. Jane Shipman Kuntz, '58, Dayton, Ohio 

VIII. Katherine Street Sharp, '47, Nashville, Tenn. 

Golden Stairs Chairman: Jane Roseberry Ewald, '52, Garden City, N. Y. 

Scholarship Chairman: Carroll Weitzel Rivers, '57 

Election will be by ballot, which will be mailed to all members of the 
Association. In accordance with Article X, Section 2, of the Constitution 
of the Alumnae Association, additional names for nominees for the 
Executive Board may be added to the ballot, if sent to the Director of 
Alumnae Affairs and accompanied by 15 signatures of members of the 
Association and the written consent of the nominees within two weeks 
after the slate is published. 

Other members of the Nominating Committee in addition to the Chair- 
man, Mrs. McClung, are : Natalie Roberts Foster, '31 ; Sally Fishburn 
Fulton, '52 ; Emily Ann Wilkins Mason, '44 ; Lisa Guigon Shinberger, '29 ; 
Susan Timberlake Thomas, '59 ; Elizabeth Lancaster Washburn, '41 ; Sara 
Ann McMullen Lindsey, '47. 

1971 Alumnae Directory Order Blank 

Please reserve Alumnae Directory (ies) for me. 

My check for $ is enclosed. 




Zip Code 

Price: $£..00 pre publication Make checks payable to 

$5.00 after June 1st Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 


Dear Alumnae, 

In June I will retire as President of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion. I wish to thank each of you for allowing me to have 
served in this capacity for the past three years. It is an office 
I have held with pride — for you, Sweet Briar and the genera- 
tions of students to come. 

These have not been calm years — Vietnam, campus vio- 
lence, inflation and the rising costs of education, "co-educa- 
tionists" and the constant questioning of the wisdom and 
validity of a small, single-sex liberal arts college. 

I see Sweet Briar as having great strength today. It is 
to you Alumnae to whom should go credit for this. The giving 
of your talents, both tangible and intangible, your unfailing 
love and loyalty and your interested work and concern : all 
this make this College the outstanding institution it is. 

In the past three years you have increased the sale of 
Sweet Briar bulbs from $109,540 to $124,151. A primary 
reason our enrollment has stayed at top level is the continu- 
ous work of our Alumnae Representatives. They are ever 
seeking qualified students. All over the country alumnae have 
been working on the Development Campaign. A new and 
timely Continuing Education program was started in Febru- 
ary, 1971, and it is expected that our alumnae will diffuse its 
theme, "Our Total Environment," to every Sweet Briar Club 
and its city. "College for a Day" programs are gaining mo- 
mentum. Our Annual Giving has had a notable increase these 
past three years and our Fund Committee and Patchworkers 
have had wonderful results from their work. 

The Annual Meeting of the Association has been changed 
to coincide with Alumnae Council, to which more than 100 
alumnae come each year. The format of Council has been 
strengthened and through introduction of Regional Work- 
shops and alumnae-oriented workshops, Council has achieved 
new dimensions. 

For the first time the Alumnae Association sponsored a 
two-week tour this spring to four great capitals of Europe — 
a special treat included seeing the source of our tulips in full 
bloom in Holland. In March we held our annual Board pax'ty 
with the seniors in the beautiful new Wailes Center in an un- 
Sweet Briar-of -old-setting of celler, bop and beer! The stu- 
dents love this building, for it combines the best of formal 
and informal recreational and dining facilities as well as 
friendship and fun for alumnae, faculty and students. 

We continue to work on the Long Range Planning Commis- 
sion for the College. Alumnae serve with distinction on the 
Board of Directors, the Board of Overseers, and the Presi- 
dential Selection Committee. A change in the by-laws of the 
Constitution of the Alumnae Association now permits any 
Sweet Briar graduate to be eligible for nomination and elec- 
tion to the Board of Overseers. 

I offer my sincere thanks to my Executive Board, 1968- 
1971, and to Elizabeth Bond Wood, '34, and Ann Morrison 
Reams, '42, and to the entire Alumnae House staff, whose 
devoted efforts have made my work both highly pleasant and 

Your new Association President has my best wishes for a 
happy and productive term with you wonderful people. 

Alumnae Association President, Jacque- 
lyn Strickland Dwelle, '35, and her twin 
grandchildren: Jacquelyn and Edward 
Bates, of Ponte Vedra, Fla. 


Twenty Years of a Great Idea: 

Bulbs for Beauty- 
Bulbs for Scholarships 

In 1971 as we begin a new Alumnae 
Association project — Our Total En- 
vironment — we also celebrate the 
20th anniversary of a great idea : 
the Bulb Project. A project that has 
brought not only beauty to our na- 
tural environment but also has 
brought scholarship and building 
funds to the College in the amount 
of one-third of a million dollars. 

At this moment in April, the cam- 
pus is bursting into bloom with tulip 
and daffodil, the gift of Dick Van 
Zyverden, our supplier of the im- 
ported Dutch bulbs. At this April 
moment in Lisse, Holland, our Sweet 
Briar alumnae on tour in Europe are 
visiting the Keukenhof Gardens where 
they even may be thinking of their 
own Sweet Briar flowers at home. 

What began in 1951 as a fund- 
raising project of the Washington, 
D.C., Sweet Briar Club has blossomed 
into Big Business — from a $1,000 sale 
in 1951 to the record 1971 sale of 

In 1958 the Bulb Project was 
transferred to the College for admin- 
istration by the Alumnae Association. 
The Association is guided by a Na- 
tional Bulb Committee, whose Chair- 
man is a member of the Executive 
Board of the Alumnae Association. 
The Bulb Committee meets in the fall 
to make plans for the coming year 
and meets also with the Dutch im- 
porter who has served the Project 
since 1951. Membership on the Com- 
mittee has varied over the years, with 
Mary Hughes Blackwell, Project 
Manager at Alumnae House, being 
the only member who has served con- 
tinuously on the National Committee. 

Vivienne Barkalow Hornbeck, '18, 
originator of the bulb-selling idea and 
Honorary Chairman of the Committee 
until her death last spring, was an 
active Committee member for many 
years as well as one of the top sellers 
in the country. 

The first National Bulb Chairman, 
1958-60, was Beatrice Dingwell Loos, 
'46, of Washington. She was succeed- 
ed by Nida Tomlin Watts, '40, of 
Lynchburg, 1960-62. Mary Bailey 

Izard, '52, of Atlanta, headed the 
Committee from 1962-64. Dorothy 
Malone Yates, '42, also from Atlanta, 
chaired the Committee for the next 
two years. She was followed by Kath- 
erine Guerrant Fields, '53, of Rich- 
mond, who served from 1966-68. Anne 
Noyes Awtrey, '43, of Washington, 
the present Chairman is now serving 
a second two-year term, 1968-1972. 

Since 1951 more than one million 
dollars worth of bulbs have been sold 
by alumnae. How does Sweet Briar 
benefit from these sales? The profits 
from the sales have made possible 
the establishment of scholarship funds 
by 28 Sweet Briar Clubs. The Clubs 
and/or individual sellers have the op- 
portunity to allocate their sales- 
profits to buildings or other projects 
as well as to scholarship funds. The 
profits from the sales of individuals 
who do not live in Club areas — or 
"The Solos," as they are known, sup- 
port a scholarship fund for foreign 
students, the Martha Lucas Pate 

Last year 47 Sweet Briar Clubs 
and 30 "Solos" participated in the 

Bulb Project. Over the years the 
Washington, D.C., Club has continu- 
ously led in sales, hitting an all-time 
high in 1969 with $14,000 in sales. 

Washington has been closely follow- 
ed in sales by both the Atlanta and 
the Richmond Clubs, whose sales are 
usually nearly $9,000 or $10,000. 

The top seller for 1970 was Vir- 
ginia Quintard Bond, '31, Bulb Chair- 
man for the Boston Club. Virginia 
has been among the top sellers for 
many years, as have Blair Bunting 
Both, '40, and Elizabeth Shepherd 
Scott, '43, both of the Wilmington 
Club. Last year their sales were 
$1,512.03 and $1,333.44, respectively. 

Other sellers in the over-$l,000 
category last year were Mary Hunt- 
ington Harrison, '30, of Cincinnati; 
Irene Mitchell Moore, '41, of Greens- 
boro; Lome Lassiter Black, '66, Bulb 
Chairman of the Atlanta Club; Nancy 
Messick Ray, '52, and Bea Dingwell 
Loos, '46, both of Washington. 

While bulbs, unfortunately, will not 
grow in all parts of the United 
States, the list of participating Clubs 
and "Solos" in areas where bulbs 
grow has steadily increased over the 
years. The National Bulb Committee 
is always eager and ready to ex- 
plain the Project to prospective Sweet 
Briar sellers. 

Our Bulb Project has been a fun 
project, one that has cut through all 
age-groups and to all areas of the 
country suitable for bulb-growing. 
The Project has created new Sweet 
Briar Clubs, given other Clubs reason 
for being, and created good public 
relations for the College. 

The amaryllis sales in the past few 
years is proof of the fact that there 
are no regional boundaries where 
amaryllis are concerned. With ama- 
ryllis sales, principally for Christmas 
gifts, reaching the $14,000 mark this 
winter, one must say that our Bulb 
Project is a success in every respect. 
It is a success owing to the volunteer 
efforts of devoted Sweet Briar alum- 
nae all over the country. 

— Anne Noyes Awtrey, '43 
National Bulb Chairman 



TheMen in Our Lives 

"I have never met a husband of a 

Sweet Briar alumna who was not an 

interesting and talented man." 

So states the gentleman pictured above, 

the husband of one of the editors 

of this magazine. We join him in a happy 

toast to the loves in our lives — all the 

husbands of our Sweet Briar alumnae. 


Dr. Byrd Leavell and Nancy Butznei 
Leavell, '3U, on safari in Uganda 
a year ago. Standing at Nancy's left- 
is Dr. Carlo Navarinni; to Byrd's 
right is Dr. Navarinni' s son, Signor 
Navarinni of Rome. 

Byrd Stuart Leavell, M.D. 

Professor of Medicine and former As- 
sistant Dean, University of Virginia 
School of Medicine 

Byrd Leavell's record at VMI clear- 
ly indicates the road he was to take 
in years ahead: in 1931 he was editor 
of the annual, Captain of Co. A, re- 
cipient of the First Jackson-Hope 
Medal for Scholarship, and class his- 
torian. Not surprisingly, his career 
since his graduation from VMI has 
included scholarship, writing, history, 
and the military — as well as medi- 

A 1935 graduate of the University 
of Virginia School of Medicine ("in 
the same class with Billy Bean," he 
notes), Dr. Leavell was elected to 
The Raven Society and AOA. "My 
main interest," he tells us, "has been 
in hematology; I have written or co- 
authored more than 50 papers in this 
speciality ... If one had to name 
a research interest within the field, 
I expect mine would be the effect of 
splenectomy in various disorders, and 
Sickle cell anemia. 

"In World War II, I was Assistant 
Chief of Medicine and then Chief of 

S&itferf /b4^fro**lS\/ 

Gilbert M. Grosvenor 

Editor, National Geographic Maga- 
zine; Vice President, National Geo- 
graphic Society 

Writing about the National Geo- 
graphic is like writing about an old 
friend, a member of the family. The 
National Geographic has been a part 
of our lives and our children's, and 
more, a part of the lives of our par- 
ents and grandparents. A "classic 
dating from 1888," the magazine is 
a "major publishing triumph. Its 
booming circulation is now near 7 
million," is how the New York Times 
described the Geographic, Sept. 6, 

On October 1, 1970, Gilbert M. 
Grosvenor succeeded to the editorship 
of the magazine, representing the 
third generation of his family to hold 
that position. 

In November of 1970 we received 
and read the December issue and we 
heartily recommend your reading the 
December issue: its lead feature, "Our 
Ecological Crisis," is a superb lesson 
in Our Total Environment; its sup- 
plement, "How Man Pollutes his 
World," is in our opinion the best 
graphic description we have seen on 

the pollution problems; and its ar- 
ticle by the President of the National 
Geographic Society, Melvin M. Payne, 
is an announcement of Gilbert M. 
Grosvenor's election as Editor of the 
National Geographic at age 39. 

With Mr. Grosvenor's permission, 
we quote from Mr. Payne's article: 

"The new Editor . . . came to the 
Geographic in 1954 after graduation 
from Yale University. In the years 
since, with a two-year interruption 
for military service, he has worked 
for the Society and the magazine in 
a wide variety of capacities, playing 
an increasingly important role in the 
editing of photographs and in the 
selection and editing of manuscripts. 
As a photographer and writer he has 
produced articles on subjects ranging 
from the Netherlands and Monaco to 
Bali and Ceylon, the last three in 
collaboration with his wife Donna. 

"As Chief of the Editorial Control 
Center, Mr. Grosvenor has guided and 
coordinated the long-range planning 
of the Society's books, maps, and 
globes, as well as the monthly maga- 
zine. He has served as Editorial Di- 
rector of the new Special Publications 
Division from its inception and had 
headed our Committee on Lectures 
for 12 years. 

"Early in his career at the Geo- 
graphic, he completed a two-year ap- 


Medicine with the 8th Evacuation 
Hospital, spending one year in Africa 
and two in Italy." 

The 8th EVAC. A History of the 
University of Virginia Hospital Unit 
in World War II, by Byrd Leavell, 
was published by The Dietz Press, 

Reviewing Dr. Leavell's new book 
in the Oct. 25, 1970, Richmond Times- 
Dispatch, H. St. George Tucker 
wrote, in part: 

"The 8th Evac. is good reading 
... of special interest to medical 
people. Any who served in the Med- 
iterranean theatre during War II will 
enjoy reliving the experiences of 
North Africa and Italy . . . The 
Unit was sent to Casablanca, where 
it set up an active hospital. After a 
period in Algiers, the hospital was 
assigned to Gen. Mark Clark's Fifth 
Army, to take part in the invasion of 
Italy. The 8th Evac landed at Salerno 
after the initial assault . . . For the 
next two years it cared for the sick 
and wounded during the slow grueling 
campaign to drive the Germans under 
Kesselring out of their well entrench- 
ed position in the Italian mountains. 
There was no more bitter or more 
discouraging fighting anywhere in 

the war . . . Battle casualties were 
high: hepatitis, malaria, respiratory 
infections took their toll. Trench foot 
was a serious problem with men liv- 
ing in weeks in foxholes . . . During 
periods of great activity, shock teams 
and surgical units often worked 12- 
to-20 hour shifts without a break 
. . . During the two years in Italy 
the hospital was set up in 10 loca- 
tions and gave superb care to more 
than 40,000 patients . . . Dr. Leavell 
accurately catches the varying moods 
and emotions of his doctors and 
nurses and enlisted men." 

Dr. Leavell lives in Charlottesville 
with his wife, Nancy Butzner Leavell, 
'34. "Our oldest daughter, Anne, was 
graduated from Sweet Briar and is 
married to Dr. Herbert Reynolds, a 
Resident at the University; Lucie is 
married to a second-year medical stu- 
dent at Wisconsin, Scott Vogel; Byrd, 
Jr., our youngest, is a second-year 
student in the College at the Univer- 
sity," Dr. Leavell ends his letter to 




prenticeship in the administration 
department, serving with the Secre- 
tary, the Treasurer, the membership- 
fulfillment section, and the correspon- 
dence office. When he returned to the 
editorial side, he brought a real 
knowledge of how the magazine re- 
lates to our millions of readers. 

"He was named Assistant Editor in 
1964 and has served as an Associate 
Editor since 1967. He is a Vice Presi- 
dent of the Society and a member of 
its Board of Trustees. 

"Gil has played a major role in the 
improvement of the magazine, espec- 
ially its illustrations," Mr. Vosburgh 
[former Geographic Editor] told the 
Board. "Like his father and grand- 
father, he has a genius for pictures, 
and a sure knowledge of how the Geo- 
graphic can best serve its educational 

"He has been the source of many 
brilliant ideas, from the best way to 
photograph a Balinese farmer catch- 
ing eels in the blackness of night to 
taking advantage of the latest ad- 
vancements in papermaking and 
printing. An administrator with ex- 
ceptional qualities of heart as well as 
mind, he has emerged as the natural 
leader of the talented young men and 
women of the staff who give so much 
hope for the future." 


— National Geographic 

On assignment in Africa, 196h, are 
Gilbert M. Grosvenor and his wife, 
Donna Kerkam Grosvenor, '60. Sweet 
Briar takes special pride in the 
achievements and accomplishments 
of Donna, who has ivorked and 
written for the National Geographic. 



Paul D. Zimskind, M.D., 

Nathan Lewis Hatfield Professor of 
Urology, Jefferson Medical College 

Dr. Zimskind, Chairman of the De- 
partment of Urology at Jefferson 
Medical College, is a 1953 graduate 
of Princeton (cum laude) and a 1957 
graduate of the Jefferson Medical 
College, where he received first prize 
in Resident's Research Essay Contest 

conducted by the Philadelphia Uro- 
logic Society. In 1964, at age 33, he 
received his Ph.D. in Physiology at 

Paul was selected as Markle 
Scholar in Academic Medicine, 1966- 
1971. (Each medical school in the 
U.S. and Canada nominates one can- 
didate per year, from which 23 
Scholars are selected annually by the 
Markle Foundation.) 

A member of the Editorial Board 
of Urologieal Survey, he has pub- 
lished 23 scientific articles. 

Paul and his wife, Gay, have two 
children: Jeffrey, 8, and Wendy, 4, 
"a carbon copy of Gay," Paul tells us. 

United States Ambassador Robinson 
Mcllvaine and his wife, Alice 
Nicholson Mcllvaine, '45. 

Robinson Mcllvaine 

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plen- 
ipotentiary to the Republic of Kenya 

Writing from Nairobi, Bob Mc- 
llvaine says, "Although at the mo- 
ment Alice is in bed with malaria, we 
love Africa and particularly Kenya. 
In fact we are even toying with the 
idea of retiring here." 

Retirement, even in the future, 
scarcely seems believable for this man 
whose careers since his graduation 
from Harvard in 1935 have included 
service in the Navy, the editorship 
of a country weekly newspaper, and 
service in the State Department. 

From 1941-45, Ambassador Mc- 
llvaine was a Commander, U.S. 
Navy. In 1953 he joined the State 
Department as an Information Spe- 

Y7 d£vfc***-**t y/ 

Edgar F. Shannon, Jr. 

President of the University of Vir- 

The fourth president of the Univer- 
sity of Virginia is a Tennyson scholar, 
a Fulbright Research Scholar and a 
Guggenheim Fellow (1953-54), a 
member of Phi Beta Kappa, and the 
father of five young daughters and 
the husband of Eleanor Bosworth 
Shannon, '47, who is serving on Sweet 
Briar's Board of Overseers. 

Mr. Shannon received his bachelor's 
degree with highest honors from 
Washington and Lee in 1939, when he 
was co-recipient of the Algernon 
Sydney Sullivan Award, given an- 
nually to the outstanding graduate. 
In that same year he won the So- 
ciety of the Cincinnati prize in Amer- 
ican History. 

From 1947-1950 he was a Rhodes 
Scholar from Virginia at Merton Col- 
lege, Oxford University, where he re- 
ceived his Ph.D. degree in 1949. He 
holds honorary degrees from eight 

colleges and/or universities. During 
the Second War he served with the 
U.S. Navy and is now a captain in the 
Naval Reserve. 

At Harvard University between 
1946 and 1956 Mr. Shannon taught 
naval science and tactics and En- 
glish; in 1956 he joined the Univer- 
sity of Virginia faculty as Associate 
Professor, then Professor of English, 
and in 1959 was elected President of 
The University. 

Mr. Shannon has served and is 
serving on many Boards and commis- 
sions, including the Board of Visitors 
of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Board 
of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force 
Academy, Board of Directors of the 
Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Stu- 
dies, Board of Consultants of the 
National War College, the United 
States Commission for UNESCO, the 
Board of Directors of the American 
Council on Education. He is also a 
senator of the United Chapters of 
Phi Beta Kappa. 


Dr. Paul Zimskind and his wife, Gay 
Mann Zimskind, '60. 

cialist; the following year he became 
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State 
for Public Affairs. In '56 he was ap- 
pointed Deputy Chief of Mission 
(Counselor of Embassy), American 
Embassy in Lisbon; in '59 he was 
assigned to the American Embassy, 
Leopoldville. In 1961 he was appoint- 
ed Ambassador Extraordinary and 
Plenipotentiary to Dahomey, where 
he and Alice lived for three years. 

In 1966 he was assigned as Director 
of the Office for Northwestern Africa, 
following which he was appointed 
U.S. Ambassador to Guinea. "Despite 
the adventures in Guinea a few days 
after we arrived, we stayed on three 
years and were given a farewell 
luncheon by the same President Toure 
who had put us under house arrest 
on our arrival!" 

The New York Times in 1966 de- 
scribed the Ambassador as a "debo- 
nair, pipe-smoking crack-horseman 
. . . rated as an 'old African hand' 
in the State Department, where his 
easy friendliness and sangfroid have 
won him a host of friends ... In 
1960, as Deputy Chief of Mission to 
the former Belgian Congo, Mr. Mc- 
Ilvaine flew to the turbulent capital 
of Stanleyville. He was detained by 
a mob, in defiance of protocol. On re- 
turning to Leopoldville, he mixed him- 
self a martini and coolly told a few 
friends about his experience. . . ." 

In 1969 Ambassador Mcllvaine was 
appointed a Career Minister of the 
Foreign Service and assigned to his 
current diplomatic post in Kenya. 

Bob and Alice Mcllvaine have two 
children : Ian, 7, and Katherine, 5. 

J^ L/C^4)'t«/^-L^ 

He is immediate past president of 
the Association of Virginia Colleges; 
a former president of the Council of 
Southern Universities; a former 
president of the State Universities 
Association and a past chairman of 
several councils on higher education. 

In 1964 Mr. Shannon received the 
Medallion of Honor of the Virginians 
of Maryland, and in 1965 he received 
the Thomas Jefferson Award of the 
McConnell Foundation. As one of the 
first recipients of a special grant by 
the Danforth Foundation for short- 
term study for academic administra- 
tions, Mr. Shannon in 1969 carried 
out Tennyson research and discussion 
on university administration at Ox- 
ford and other universities in Eng- 
land. He has published numerous 
articles and reviews on 19th century 
English literature and is the author 
of the book, Tennyson and the Re- 
viewers, 1827-1851, and is an honor- 
ary vice president of the Tennyson 

President of the 
Virginia, Edgar 

F. Shan 

ity of 

non, Jr. 


Celebrating their 25th wedding 
anniversary : John E. Angst and 
Louise Woodruff Angst, 'A3. "Lou and 
I were married Aug. 1U, 19 h5, a 
few hours before President Truman 
announced the surrender of Japan. 
Believe me, we had quite a 

John E. Angst 

Vice President, Missouri Pacific Rail- 
road Co. 

A 1940 Princeton graduate, John 
Angst became an Army-draftee in 
1941 and served five years, seeing 
action in Europe and advancing to 
the rank of Major in the Field Artil- 
lery. He then spent 16 years with 
American Car & Foundry, leading to 
the Vice presidency — Marketing; he 
became a Group Vice president with 
General American Transportation 
Corp., and in 1969 was appointed 
Vice President, Missouri Pacific Rail- 
road. "My life," John says, "has been 
tied to transportation and I have 
liked it. Lou and I have three chil- 
dren: Chucky, a Princeton graduate; 
Woody, a senior at Lake Forest Col- 

Edward H. Levi 

President of the University of 

Scholar, writer, educator and law- 
yer, Edward Levi has been President 
of the University of Chicago since 
1968. Before assuming the Presi- 
dency, he served the University of 
Chicago as Assistant Professor and 
Professor of Law, as Dean of the Law 
School, and Provost. 

Mr. Levi received his Ph.D. degree 
in 1932 and his J.D. degree in 1935 
from the University of Chicago and 
his J.S.D. degree in 1938 from Yale. 

Over the years he has written nu- 
merous articles, mainly in the field of 
trade regulation and jurisprudence. 

He has received honorary degrees 
from eight colleges and /or universi- 
ties; he is a member of many pro- 
fessional and honorary organizations, 
including the American Academy of 
Arts and Sciences, the Council of the 
American Law Institute, the Social 
Science Research Council. 

Mr. Levi has served the United 
States Government, as Special Assis- 
tant to the U.S. Attorney General, as 
First Assistant in the Antitrust Di- 
vision, as Chairman of the Interde- 
partmental Committee on Monopolies 
and Cartels, as a member of the 
White House Task Force on Educa- 
tion and as a member of the White 
House Central Group in Domestic Af- 

Currently, Mr. Levi is a member 
of the President's Task Force on 

Priorities in Higher Education. He 
also serves as a Trustee of the Insti- 
tute of International Education, the 
International Legal Center, and the 
Board of the Urban Institute. He is 
a member of the Assembly on Uni- 
versity Goals and Governance of the 
American Academy of Arts and Sci- 
ences, and the Commission on Campus 
Government and Student Dissent of 
the American Bar Association. In 
1970 he was named Chicagoan of the 
Year in Education by the Chicago 
Junior Association of Commerce and 

Mr. Levi is married to Kate Sultz- 
berger Levi, '38, and they have three 
sons: John, David, and Michael. 

Robert G. Page, M.D. 

Dean of the Medical College of Ohio 
and Professor of Medicine and 

Bob Page was graduated from 
Princeton (magna cum laude) in 
1943 and from the University of 
Pennsylvania Medical School, 1945. 

His Curriculum Vitae includes 
membership in more than 20 profes- 
sional societies, some 30 published 
medical articles, 11 book reviews, 28 
books (written by Dr. Page and/or 
collaborators), as well as seven aca- 

demic appointments he has held since 
completion of his Residency in Med- 
icine at the Hospital of the Univ. of 
Pennsylvania, 1949. 

He served as Lieut, (j.g.), US 
Navy, 1946-48, in the Medical Corps. 
From 1951-53 he was in Burma as 
Visiting Professor of Pharmacology 
at Rangoon Medical College. 

When Dr. Page was appointed Dean 
of the Medical College of Ohio, 1968, 
he was interviewed by the Toledo 
Blade, and from this newspaper we 
quote: "If the Dean has his way, stu- 
dents will be studying one subject: 
'medicine as a totality. We want them 
to realize that their reason for being 
is to be physicians' . . . Dr. Page 
hopes to get Toledo's medical stu- 


lege; and Weezie, a high school sopho- 

"I love to hunt elk and moose, to 
play golf, to enjoy our pool and yard 
(we have nearly 100 boxwood), to 
read and to be with people. In 1956 
I attended the Advanced Manage- 
ment Program at Harvard and was 
pleased recently to be elected presi- 
dent of my class. I am a member of 
the Amer. Society of Mechanical En- 
gineers, a Fellow of Lake Forest 
Academy, and active in many com- 
munity activities — most of which seem 
to involve raising money. 

"I am confident about our youth, 
optimistic about the future, and con- 
vinced that my daughter will not con- 
sider Sweet Briar until it becomes 


Edward H. Levi of the 
University of Chicago. 

(yCo<^cc-c cX. 

- /<?. 7^ 

dents out of the sheltered academic 
atmosphere and expose them to hos- 
pital patients in their freshman year. 

" 'We want to make this exposure 
a meaningful one . . . not one of 
kids playing doctor. We hope to be 
able to introduce patients as the cen- 
tral theme of the educational process 
. . . give students a good under- 
standing of the ecology and sociology 
of patients, how they live and how 
that affects their health,' " Dr. Page 

Bob Page is a man of diverse in- 
terests: zoology (he is a Trustee of 
the Chicago Zoological Society) , book- 
collecting, tennis, carpentry, cooking, 
photography, sailing, and gardening. 
"Polly [Polly Kent Page, '46] is the 
digger in the soil and I'm the trimmer 
of branches and operate the garden 

The Pages have three children: 
Robert, Jr., Polly, and Mary. 

£ Dean Page: physician, scholar and 
man of many interests. 

-Toledo Blade 


William J. Watt 

Associate Dean of the College at 
Washington and Lee University and 
Professor of Chemistry 

Effective July 1, 1971, Dr. Watt be- 
comes Dean of the College, Washing- 
ton and Lee University. 

A member of Washington and Lee's 
faculty since 1955, Bill Watt earned 
his B.S. degree from the Univ. of 
Illinois, 1949; his master's degree 
from Cornell, 1951, and his Ph.D. 
degree in inorganic chemistry from 

Cornell, 1956. He was named Assis- 
tant Dean of the arts and sciences 
division at W & L in 1966, and he 
became Associate Dean two years 
later. He also served as Assistant 
Professor of Chemistry at Davidson 
College, 1951-53. 

President Huntley of Washington 
and Lee stated, "The Trustees' selec- 
tion of Dr. Watt to succeed Dean 
Pusey commends itself on every 
ground — ability, scholarship, exper- 

Dr. Watt and his wife, Helen Grav- 
att Watt, '44, have three children: 
John, 13; Phyllis, 11; and William. 
Jr., 8. 

Sam Jester 

Fishing Guide, Hot Springs, Arkansas 
"Fishing is fun. Like any occupa- 
tion, guiding has its backlashes. I've 
been a guide for 25 years, and I can 
state that requirements for the job 
are varied. One must know the water, 
kinds of fish and where to find them. 
The season, temperature and wind 
all must be considered — and even 
then, fish, like women, are unpredict- 

Fishi)ig expert Sam Jester and his 
J,-lb. black bass, caught in Lake 
Ouachita. Sam's wife, Martha Ann 
Apple Jester, '47, tells its that Sam 
guides primarily out of Brady Mt. 
Lodge on Lake Ouachita. 



George S. Trimble 

President, the Bunker-Ramo Corp. 
and former Deputy Director, Manned 
Spacecraft Center, NASA 

George Trimble and his wife, Janet 
Boque Trimble, '37, were in Houston 
from 1967-69, when George was Dep- 
uty Director of the Manned Space- 
craft Center. "The Center's role in 
the Apollo program," he writes, "was 
to design, develop and procure the 
spacecraft (Command and Service 
Module and Lunar Module) ; to select 
and train the astronauts ; to plan and 
control each Apollo mission from a 
few seconds after lift-off at Cape 
Kennedy until splashdown. We also 
had the responsibility for the Lunar 
receiving laboratory where the as- 
tronauts were held in quarantine and 
the lunar rocks were analyzed. 

"The direct involvement with the 
Apollo program was a culmination of 
our previous efforts in rocketry and 
space flight, dating back to 1947, 
while associated with the Martin- 
Marietta Corp. 

"Needless to say, it was an ex- 
citing experience and one we will 
never forget. Everyone in the 'Space 
Center' community was deeply in- 
volved, including the ladies. Probably 
the hardest working and bravest of 
all were astronaut wives whose hus- 
bands were preparing for or flying 
a mission. I am particularly proud of 
Janet's very major contribution to 
the management of this quite sensi- 
tive and most essential aspect of the 
program. Although I was awarded 
NASA's Exceptional Service Medal, 
I believe Janet earned more than her 

A graduate of MIT, Mr. Trimble 
is now President and Chief Executive 
Officer, the Bunker-Ramo Corp., 


William J. Waft of Washington and 

able. For two weeks we'll hit a side- 
winder only; the next week only a 
green spider (a lure) has any fish 

"Customers are also unpredictable. 
There's the cantankerous fisherman. 
If the temperature drops, the wind 
rises, or the bass won't strike, it's 
the guide's fault. There's the Know- 
it-All who insists he always fishes 
'this way' at home — and he's known 
as the Best Angler in the State. He's 
the one who says, 'This darned lake 
is fished out.' 

"There's the celebrity, overjoyed 
by freedom and full of spirit. He's 
a menace in a boat; and it's consider- 
ed bad form to lose a client over- 
board and have to fish him out. 

"There's the excited angler who 
whirls and casts at any splash or rip- 

ple without a thought for others in 
the boat. The guide who wants to re- 
tain his original features had better 
have fast reflexes, much agility, and 
eyes in the back of his head! 

"Finally, there's the man who has 
only a few days to enjoy fishing. He 
wants to fish from 'can see to can't 
see' and nothing will stop him. The 
wind may rise, temperature drop, and 
spray from his line will freeze while 
noses turn red and vocabularies blue 
— he keeps on fishing, and the guide 
suffers with him. 

"We meet many interesting people, 
and we look forward to their visits, 
and we say good-by with regrets." 

which makes electronic components, 
automated information systems and 
deep pile fabrics (including the fa- 
miliar Borgazia or "plain fake furs," 
George explains). He is a fellow of 
the American Institute of Aeronau- 
tics and Astronautics, a Director of 
the Martin-Marietta Corp., and form- 
er consultant to the Scientific Advis- 
ory Board, U.S. Air Force. The 
Trimbles' sons, "Robert and Frank 
are grown and off on their own." 

George S. Trimble 
(right), MSC Deputy 
Director, and R. J. 
Johnson (Crew Sys- 
tems Chief) look over 
astronaut gear and 
equipment, Feb., lf)6$. 


The Clement family: the General and 
his wife, Martha Mansfield Clement, 
'48, and their children — twins 
Douglas and David, 11; Ellen, 12; 
Elizabeth, 14; and Sarah, 17, who has 
been accepted at Sweet Briar as an 
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William B. Bean, M.D. 

Sir William Osier Professor of Med- 
icine, University of Iowa College of 

Physician, scholar and writer, Dr. 
William Bean may perhaps in all 
truth be likened to the famed late 
Sir William Osier. Like Osier in the 
late 19th century, Dr. Bean today is 
teacher, internist, and prolific author 
of scientific papers, lectures, mono- 
graphs, reviews, essays, and biog- 

Apart from his more than 400 tech- 
nical medical papers, Dr. Bean's wide 
interests include Thomas Jefferson 
("Mr. Jefferson's Influence on Ameri- 
can Medical Education") ; literature 
("Physicians and Books" and essays 

on Francis Bacon, Locke, Rabelais, 
Trollope) ; religion ("Medicine and 
Religion") ; the humanities ("The 
Humanities in Medicine") ; history 
("The Impact of the Civil War on 
Medicine") ; philosophy ("The Con- 
dition and Value of Man") ; educa- 
tion ("Education: The Key"); ecolo- 
gy ("The Ecology of the Soldier in 
World War II"), and of course men 
special to Dr. Bean : Darwin, Osier, 
and Walter Reed. 

A 1932 graduate of the University 
of Virginia, where he was elected to 
The Raven Society and AOA, and 
a graduate of its Medical School in 
1935, Dr. Bean has served as editor 
or member of editorial boards of some 
25 publications, notably as editor-in- 
chief, Archives of Internal Medicine. 

He is the recipient of many honors 
and citations, including the Horseley 
Memorial Prize, University of Vir- 
ginia. He has held Visiting Professor- 

Vincent S. Jones and his wife, Nancy 
Parsons Jones, '36, and their 
daughter Sue: Commencement, 1963. 

Vincent S. Jones 

Executive Vice President and Secre- 
tary, Frank E. Gannett Newspaper 
Foundation, Inc., and a member of 
Sweet Briar's Board of Overseers 

"The most important of all in my 
biographical sketch," declares Vin- 
cent Jones, "are my wife, Nancy and 
our two children: Suzanne (SBC, '63) 
and Margot (Mills College, '66)." 

An Overseer for our College, Mr. 
Jones comments, "I have been im- 
pressed with the caliber of the Trust- 
ees and Overseers and especially with 
the vigor and extent of alumnae in- 
terest and financial support. Of 
course the alumnae always have been 
Sweet Briar's greatest asset in pre- 
senting the image of the College." 

Vincent Jones, Number One opera- 
tor in a corporation with assets of 

more than $66 million "runs a mil- 
lion-dollar operation — $1,000,000 a 
year, that is," reports his company's 
The Gannetteer, November, 1970. A 
Gannett newspaperman for 41 years, 
he was a vice president and executive 
officer of Gannett Newspapers from 
1955-1970, when he became the 
Foundation's operating head. 

Since 1937, the Gannett Founda- 
tion has given more than $6% million 
to charitable organizations, including 
$2 million to colleges and schools. 

Mr. Jones was graduated in 1928 
from Hamilton College with honors 
in English Literature. In 1930 he be- 
gan work with the Utica, N.Y., news- 
papers as reporter, night city editor, 


Wallace L. Clement 

Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.) 
General Clement's retirement in 
1970 marked the end of 30 years of 
service to the Army and to the United 
States. He is a 1940 graduate of West 
Point, a 1948 graduate of The Arm- 
ored School at Ft. Knox, a 1952 grad- 
uate of the Command and General 
Staff College, and a 1958 graduate of 
the US Army War College; in 1966 
he received his M.S. degree in Inter- 
national Affairs, George Washington 

Since 1942 his overseas assignments 
have taken him to Ireland, North 
Africa, combat duty in Italy, con- 
stabulatory duty in Germany, com- 
mand of the 245th Tk Bn in Korea, 
command of the U.S. Army Stan- 
dardization Group in London, com- 
mand of the 14th Armored Cavalry 
Reg. in Germany; and Vietnam, 
where he was Asst. Div. Commander, 
23rd Infantry (AMERICAL) Div. 
and Director, Training Directorate, 
US Military Assistance Command in 

General Clement has been awarded 
the Distinguished Service Cross for 

gallantry in combat; the Silver Star; 
the Distinguished Service Medal, the 
Distinguished Flying Cross, the Le- 
gion of Merit with 2 OLC, the Bronze 
Star for Valor, several Commenda- 
tion Medals, the Italian Cross for 
Military Valor, the Vietnamese Cross 
of Gallantry with Gold Star and 
Palm, and the Vietnamese Distin- 
guished Order (1st Class). 

In September, 1970, General Clem- 
ent joined the Research Analysis 
Corp. as a member of the Technical 

ships at 21 universities and/or hos- 
pitals. He has been a member and 
held office in literally dozens of pro- 
fessional societies, including the 
American Heart Association, Royal 
Society of Medicine in London, the 
American Society for Clinical Nutri- 
tion. In April, 1970, he was elected 
the first President of the American 
Osier Society. 

During the Second War Dr. Bean 
was Director, Nutrition Research 
Team in the Pacific Theatre and 
Commanding Officer of the Armored 
Medical Research Laboratory. He re- 
tired from the Army in 1946 as Lieut. 
Col. Since 1954 he has served as 
Special Consultant to the U.S. Army 
Surgeon General. 

Dr. Bean and his wife, Gail Shep- 
ard Bean, '33, have three children : 
R. Bennett, Margaret, and John. 

Dr. William Bennett Bean holding 
one of his published books, Aphorisms 
from Latham. 

city editor, managing editor, and 
executive editor. In 1950 he moved to 
Rochester as Director of the Gannett 
News and Editorial Office, later be- 
coming executive officer and corporate 
vice president. 

A former president of the N.Y. 
State Associated Press Assoc, he be- 
came president of the Associated 
Press Managing Editors Association, 
1955, and president of the American 
Society of Newspaper Editors, 1968- 
69. He edited and directed The Road 
to Integration, which won a special 

Pulitizer citation for the Gannett 
Group, 1964. 

He was chairman of the American 
Committee, International Press In- 
stitute, 1965-68. In 1960 he helped 
conduct its first Asian Seminar at 
New Delhi, and his wife Nancy ac- 
companied him on that trip. Mr. 
Jones wrote a series of The Vietnam 
War as Asians See It, after visiting 
Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, the Phil- 
ippines and South Vietnam in 1967. 
As a member of ASNE delegation 
he published his experiences in Russia 
in 1969. 

In that year he was awarded the 
Distinguished Service to Journalism 
Medal by Syracuse University. Mr. 
Jones is a Trustee of Monroe Com- 
munity College, Hamilton College, 
Sweet Briar College, and George 
Eastman House. 


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Charles N. Prothro 

Vice-chairman of Sweet Briar's Board 
of Directors 

Higher education is one of Mr. 
Prothro's special interests and con- 
cerns: he is Chairman of the Board 
of Trustees, Southwestern University; 
a member of the Board of Governors, 
Southern Methodist University; a 
former member of the Texas Com- 
mission on Higher Education; the 
Coordinating Board, Texas College & 
University Systems; and the Univer- 
sity of Texas Development Board. 

A graduate of the University of 
Texas, Mr. Prothro is President of 

Saigon, 1970: Joseph A. Grimes, Jr., 
and Commodore Tran Van Chon, 
Chief of Naval Operations of the 
Vietnamese Navy. 

Joseph A. Grimes, Jr. 

Special Assistant to the Secretary of 
the Navy 

Following his graduation from Yale 
in 1954, Mr. Grimes held a Ful- 
bright Scholarship at the University 
of Lille and the Institut Juridique de 
Nice, France. "During that year," he 
writes us, "I met Polly (Margaret 
Van Peenen Grimes, '54) , who was 
studying in Paris, also on a Fulbright 

Before receiving his law degree 
from Harvard in 1961, Mr. Grimes 
served active duty with the Air Force 
in Japan and Taiwan. In 1964, he 
writes, "I accepted a job with the 
Office of the General Counsel, Bureau 
for Latin America, Agency for Inter- 
national Development . . . My family 
and I moved to Guatemala City, where 

John Sheldon, M.D. 

General practitioner, Newfoundland 
Fifty-four degrees W. longitude; 
49 degrees N. latitude: here in ex- 
treme north central Newfoundland on 
New World Island live Dr. John 
Sheldon and his wife, Kathy Tyler 
Sheldon, '59, and their two sons. 

"We were looking," John writes 
from Twillingate, "for a couple of 
adventurous years before taking up 
general practice in England. On our 
first day here, seven years ago, it 
seemed doubtful that we should ever 
leave! We found a score of fishing 
communities settled among steep- 
wooded hills and protected by off- 
shore islands. A year previously the 
Government had built a doctor's res- 
idence and clinic; this included a dis- 
pensary and a dental chair. 

"There had been no previous medi- 
cal work on the island itself. The 
5,000 people — and their animals — 
make for a busy day. House calls are 
many and often they run to all the 
surrounding homes, as there is scarce- 
ly a family who is not looking after 

their old folk. The hospital is reached 
by a ferry to another island until the 
spring when the bays are choked 
with ice. 

"We spent last year in St. John's, 
the Capital. I took a year's residency 
in internal medicine, and this followed 
three years of residency in England 
and my medical training at Cam- 
bridge and Kings College Hospital, 
where I followed most of my family. 
I had met Kathy when she came to a 


Charles N. Prothro and his wife, 
Elizabeth Perkins Prothro, '39, ivho 
was instrumental in the establishment 
of the Friends of the Sweet Briar 

the Perkins Timberlake Co. and owner 
of Perkins-Prothro Co. During the 
Second War he served as an officer 
in the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a 
Director of the City National Bank 
in Wichita Falls, the Texas Utilities 
Co. in Dallas and the Southwestern 
Life Insurance Co., Dallas. 

Charles and Elizabeth Prothro have 
three children: Kay Prothro Yeager, 
'61; Charles and Mark. 

for the next two years I was Regional 
Legal Adviser for the aid programs 
in Central America and Panama. In 
that job I negotiated all loan agree- 
ments with these countries, I partic- 
ipated in technical assistance for the 
Central American common market in- 
stitutions, I did some work on tech- 
nical assistance to law schools. . . . 

"In early 1968, at the urging of 
the then Governor John Chafee, I re- 
turned to Rhode Island to become the 
state's first Federal Coordinator. I 
was the state representative on the 
New England Regional Commission 
and the New England Governor's 
Conference. I was also the Coordi- 
nator of State Assistance to the Prov- 
idence Model Cities Program and 
Chairman of the Coordinated Area 

Manpower Planning System for the 
State of Rhode Island." 

When Mr. Chafee was appointed 
Secretary of the Navy, he asked Mr. 
Grimes to accompany him to Wash- 
ington as his Special Assistant. In 
Washington, Mr. Grimes tells us, "I 
have worked in a number of areas of 
interest to the Secretary and to my- 
self, including planning of the 

Navy's role for the future, minority 
rights and equal opportunity, inter- 
national relations, and problems in- 
volving Navy landholdings in Puerto 

dockland settlement (in England) as 
a Winant Volunteer. 

"Here, Kathy plays a great part 
in community groups. It has been ex- 
citing to live through a transforma- 
tion, and now we have mainline elec- 
tricity, telephones and good schools, 
a causeway to the mainland of New- 
foundland and the prospect of paved 
roads. None of this we had when we 
came here! 

"We feel a wonderful sense of free- 
dom in the life here, and we are 
happy to watch our boys grow up 
here. One day, tourists will discover 
the beauty of this place. Its real joy, 
for Kathy and me, lies in the fine 
people who have struggled here and 
whom we trv to serve." 

Dr. John Sheldon's 
father of Surrey, 
England, sent us this 
photo, saying, "It is so 
typical of John's life 
there, i.e., the picture 
being taken by an old 
fisherman as John goes 
to see a patient on 
Salt Harbour Island." 


John C. Danforth 

Attorney General of Missouri 

At age 32, John Danforth was 
elected Attorney General of Missouri. 
At 22 he was graduated with honors 
from Princeton. In 1963 John received 
his B.D. degree from Yale Divinity 
School and his LL.B. degree from 
Yale Law School. He was admitted 
to the New York Bar in 1964 and to 
the Missouri Bar, 1966, and he prac- 
ticed law with firms in both New 
York and St. Louis. 

An ordained clergyman in the Epis- 
copal Church, John was Assistant 
Rector in the Church of the Epiphany, 
New York City, 1963-66; he was As- 
sociate Rector in the Church of St. 
Michael and St. George, Clayton, Mo., 
1966-68. Presently he is Associate 
Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, 
Jefferson City, Mo. 

In 1970 he was awarded honorary 
degrees by Lindenwood College and 
Drury College in Missouri. In 1968 
the Missouri Jaycees named John 
Danforth Outstanding Man of the 
year, and in 1969 the St. Louis Jay- 
cees awarded him its Distinguished 
Service Award. In 1969 John Dan- 
forth delivered the Opening Convoca- 
tion Address at Sweet Briar. 

Captain C. Stribling 
Snodgrass, Jr. 

Chief of Staff, Commander Cruiser- 
Destroyer Flotilla FOUR 

Captain Snodgrass comments, "Re- 
membering that Eleanor and I have 
moved 18 times since our marriage in 
1949 and noting the rather lengthy 
separations the Navy has given us, 
I wonder if I might not be a better 
candidate for The Men Out of Our 

Captain Snodgrass, a graduate of 
the U.S. Naval Academy and the 
Armed Forces Staff College, is a reg- 

ular line officer whose fleet tours have 
included service in a variety of ships 
in the surface Navy. As a Junior 
Officer he served in the Carriers 
rocket-launching ship LSMR 405, 
several amphibious command ships 
while assigned as Aide and Flag 
Lieutenant to the Commander Am- 
phibious Group FOUR, and to the 
destroyer USS R. H. McCARD. 

Shore assignments have included 
instructor duty at the Fleet Anti-Air 
Warfare Training Center in Virginia ; 
operations and planning on the staff 
of the Commander in Chief, U.S. 
Naval Forces in London; and anti- 
submarine warfare planning in the 
Office of the Chief of Naval Opera- 
tions, the Pentagon. 

Captain Snodgrass had had three 

Marvin B. Perry, Jr. 

President of Goucher College 

World War II interrupted Dr. 
Perry's graduate studies in English 
at Harvard, and in December, 1941, 
he enlisted in the Navy, was commis- 
sioned and sent to sea. All his war 
service was at sea, and he saw action 
in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and 
Pacific theatres, participating in At- 
lantic convoy duty, in African and 
Sicilian invasions, and in operations 
against Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Jap- 
anese coastal areas. He remained ac- 
tive in the Naval Reserve until he re- 
tired in 1969 with the rank of Com- 

Dr. Perry, a graduate of the Uni- 
versity of Virginia, received his A.M. 

President Marvin B. Perry, Jr., at 
Goucher's commencement, 1970. 


Inauguration Day, Jan. 13, 1969: 
John C. Danforth, his wife, Sally 
Dobson Danforth, '59, and two of 
their four daughters: Eleanor and 
Mary, now ages 11 and S. We presume 
that Dorothy and Johanna, now U 
and 3, also joined the family celebra- 
tion . 


commands at sea over a five and one- 
half year period: the USS DETEC- 
TOR, an ocean minesweeper; the de- 
stroyer USS CORY; and Destroyer 
Division 222. Sea assignments have 
included seven six-month deployments 
to the Mediterranean, many opera- 
tions in the Caribbean, Western and 
Northern Atlantic, a deployment to 
Northern Europe and Scandanavia; 
a seven-month deployment with the 
Seventh Fleet off Vietnam, and most 
recently a deployment to the Indian 
Ocean and Persian Gulf with the U. 
S. Middle East Force. 

The Captain and his wife, Eleanor 
Potts Snodgrass, '48, have five chil- 
dren : Susan, 20, who attended Sweet 
Briar for two years; Geoffrey, 18; 
Richard, 16; Llewellyn, 11; and 
Julie, 9. 

Captain C. S. Snodgrass, Jr., United 
States Navy. 

and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard. Be- 
fore assuming the Presidency of 
Goucher in 1967, he was Assistant 
Professor and Professor and Chair- 
man of the Department of English at 
Washington and Lee. From 1960-67 
he served as Professor of English and 
Dean of Admissions, University of 

Among his publications are Modern 
Minds: An Anthology of Ideas, edited 
with Howard Mumford Jones and R. 
M. Ludwig; Nine Short Novels, edited 
with Mr. Jones. Dr. Perry has pub- 
lished reviews and articles in The 
Georgia Review, Virginia Quarterly 
Review, Shenandoah, The Keats- 
Shelley Journal and other publica- 

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, 
ODK, and The Raven Society of the 
University of Virginia, Marvin Perry 
is a past member of the Board of Di- 
rectors and past president of the 
North Carolina-Virginia Region of 

the College of English Assoc. He was 
elected to the Commission on Liberal 
Learning, American Assoc, of Col- 
leges, 1970-73. He serves on the Board 
of Trustees at Mary Baldwin College, 
St. Anne's School, the Gilman and 
Bryn Mawr Schools, the Maryland 
Academy of Sciences, and the Balti- 
more Symphony. 

Dr. Perry and his wife, Ellen 
Gilliam Perry, '45, have two daugh- 
ters, Elizabeth and Margaret. Betsy 
is a Sweet Briar student, class of 


Dr. Reeve H. Betts and his wife, 
Martha Jones Betts, '35 

Reeve H. Betts, M.D. 

former Medical Director, the World 
Division of the United Methodist 

"Certainly," Dr. Betts tells us, "all 
of us who have been fortunate enough 
to have Sweet Briar wives appreciate 
the contribution of that excellent col- 

A thoracic surgeon, Dr. Betts re- 
ceived his medical degree in 1933 from 
Harvard Medical School. In the late 
30's he was a Fellow in Thoracic 
Surgery, the Lahey Clinic in Boston. 
In 1941 he entered the U.S. Army as 
Major and served overseas as head of 
a surgical team with the 2nd Auxil- 
iary Surg. Group. The Italian Gov- 
ernment awarded him the Military 


Beverley D. Causey, Jr. 

Executive Vice President and Pro- 
fessor of History at Hobart and 
William Smith Colleges 

Dr. Causey has served Hobart and 
William Smith Colleges as President, 
1969-70; Acting President, 1968-69; 
Provost, Dean of Faculties and Pro- 
fessor of History, 1962-68. 

He has served the United States 
Government as Foreign Affairs spe- 
cialist. Central Intelligence Agency, 

1947-62 ; and as Administrative Of- 
ficer, U.N. Food & Agriculture Or- 
ganization in Washington. 

A 1933 graduate of Williams Col- 
lege (Phi Beta Kappa), Dr. Causey 
received his master's degree, 1934, 
and his Ph.D. degree, 1943, from Har- 
vard. At Harvard in the 30's he held 
the Parkman Fellowship and Town- 
send Scholarship. His special field has 
been European diplomatic history 
since 1890. In 1940 he studied Chinese 
language, history, and philosophy at 
the College of Chinese Studies in 
Peiping. He also taught European 
history and international relations at 
St. John's University in Shanghai. 

During the Second War he served 
as Lieut, (j.g.) and Lieut. Command- 

Brigadier General George S. Patton. 

Brigadier General 
George S. Patton 

Assistant Division Commander for 
Support, 4th Armored Division 

Son of a famous father, four-star 
General George S. Patton, Jr., of the 
Second War, Brig. Gen. Patton is 
now with the 4th Armored Division 
in Nurnberg. Like his father, George 
Patton indeed appears to be a man of 
decision, command, and leadership. 
Let Patton's record speak for itself: 
— at age 48 he is a one-star General 
— West Point graduate, 1946; Armed 
Forces Staff College graduate, 
1962; USA War College gradu- 
ate, 1965; George Washington 


Valor Cross. Dr. Betts left the ser- 
vice in 1946 with the rank of Lieut. 

In 1948 he went to India with the 
Christian Medical College and Hos- 
pital to organize a thoracic surgical 
department, serving under the Board 
of Missions of the Methodist Church. 
He became Professor of Thoracic 
Surgery at the Christian Medical Col- 
lege, affiliated with Madras Univer- 

In the 60's, Reeve Betts was Assoc- 
iate Professor of Surgery, Jefferson 
Medical College, and Chief of Tho- 
racic Surgery Section, VA Hospital, 

Reeve and his wife, Martha Jones 
Betts, '35, now live in Asheville, N.C., 
where he is practicing clinical medi- 
cine. The Betts have three children : 
Eugene, Peter, and Anne. 

er, CinCBac Staff, Pearl Harbor and 
Guam, Intelligence. 

Dr. Causey is married to Clara 
MacRae Causey, who was graduated 
summa cum laude from Sweet Briar, 
1940, after her junior year at St. 
Andrews, Scotland. 

The Causeys have five children : 
Beverley, III, a Princeton graduate 
and Ph.D., from Chicago, 1967; Mar- 
garet, with a master's degree from 
Columbia, 1969; Mary Paul, a 1970 
Radcliffe graduate; Anne, a student 
at Jackson College (Tufts) ; and 
Ellen, 15. 

Dr. Beverley D. Causey, Jr., of Ho- 
bart anrl William Smith Colleges 

Univ. graduate, 1965 (M.S., In- 
ternational Relations) 
—Tank Platoon Leader, 63rd Hvy Tk 

Bn, 1st Inf Div EUCOM, 1949 
—CO, Co C 63rd Hvy Tk Bn, 

EUCOM, 1950 
— Instructor, Tactics, Ft. Knox, 1952 
—CO, Co A 140th Tk Bn, Korea, 1953 
—Tactical Officer, West Point, 1954 
— Ass't. Bn Commander Brigade of 

Midshipmen, USNA, 1956 
— Aide de Camp to CG 7th Army, 

— Special Operations Officer, J-3, 

Vietnam, 1962 
— Bn Commander 2nd Med Tk Bn, 

Ft. Hood, 1963 
— Commanding Officer, 11th Armored 

Calvary Reg., Vietnam, 1968 
— Army Aviator graduate, Ft. Ruck- 

er, 1970 
The above assignments are just a 
part of General Patton's service in 
Germany, Korea, Vietnam, and the 

United States. His list of 25 decora- 
tions includes the Distinguished Ser- 
vice Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster; 
the Silver Star W/10LC; Legion of 
Merit W/10LC; Distinguished Flying- 
Cross; Air Medal; Purple Heart; 
Cross of Gallantry W/Gold, Silver, 
Bronze Star (Vietnam). His two Ci- 
tations: Presidential Unit, 1954, and 
Republic of Korea Unit Citation. He 
wears the Parachutist Badge, Glider- 
man's Badge, and General Staff 

General Patton's Home Front: his 
wife, Joanne Holbrook Patton, '52, 
and their five children : Margaret, 
George. Robert, Helen, and Benjamin. 


Editors' Note: by permission of 
Nevjsiveek, we reprint in its entirety 
the following book review, Heyday of 
a City, written by Raymond A. Soko- 
lov and published in the Jan. 4, 1971, 
Neivsiveek, pages 63-64. 

Heyday of a City 

hard Masur. 353 pages. Basic 
Books. $10. 

So many books have been written 
about London, Paris, Rome and other 
great European cities that it amounts 
to a surprising omission that Berlin 
has only now been accorded the his- 
torical attention the leading city of 
Germany would seem to have always 
deserved. But the truth of the matter 
is that Berlin was never the German 
city in the obvious and exclusive way 
that London is the English city. 
Frankfort, Weimar and a few others 
have been Berlin's rivals for political, 
cultural and economic supremacy. For 
most of German history, there was, 
of course, no Germany, or at least no 
nation-state with that name. And 
since 1945 there have been two 
Germanys and a divided Berlin whose 
status combines aspects of a city 
under siege, a museum of capitalism 
and a school for international in- 

Neither the modern nor the old 
Berlin, then, is a great city in the 
simple sense. There was, however, a 
brief time when Berlin had its hey- 
day — after the unification of Germany 
by Bismark in the last half of the 
nineteenth century and before 1914 
when war ended Berlin's chances of 
being a routinely great capital of a 
routinely great country. This brief 
period was the Second Reich, the 
springtime of Imperial Berlin. 

Gerhard Masur was born at the 
tail end of that era, and though he 
now teaches history at Sweet Briar 
College in Virginia, he also holds an 
appointment at the Free University 
of Berlin and remains a devotee of 
his native city. Still, he knows that 
Berlin was no Paris, even in the boom 
years of the early 1870s. And so his 
municipal history is a relatively sober 
chronicle (he does not, for example, 
make excursions into the humorous 
difficulties of Berliner dialect) . He 
has written an overview of Berlin 
history aimed at the interested lay- 

This approach has the virtue of 

allowing Masur to cover an immense 
territory in a relatively small space. 
After sketching the rise of the Ho- 
henzollerns from provincial vassals 
to the imperial throne — a process of 
centuries — in 42 nimble pages, he 

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Dr. Gerhard Masur, author of Im- 
perial Berlin, tells us this photo was 
taken in Epidaurus during his trip 
through Greece in 1969. For an auto- 
graphed copy of Dr. Masur's book, 
send your check for $10.50 (which 
includes postage and handling) to the 
Sweet Briar Book Shop, Sweet Briar, 
Va. 21,595. 

turns to his real subject. And every- 
thing, quite properly, is grist to his 
mill: the economic boom, real-estate 
trends, the growth of the Siemens 
electrical empire, Max Reinhardt's 
spectacular career in the theater, 
Theodor Mommsen's career as a pro- 
fessor of ancient history, the role of 
Berlin's newspapers and periodicals, 
the great expressionist artists who 
grouped together in Die Briicke, and 
even, or perhaps especially, an anat- 
omy of typical Berlin jokes. 

Tramped: Masur's mission is to 
convey the flavor of life in Imperial 
Berlin. And he wisely hovers for a 
while over the story of his most illus- 
trious predecessor in this line, the 
novelist Theodor Fontane. At one 
point, Fontane tramped up and down 
through Brandenburg, wrote a vol- 
uminous account of his "Wanderings" 
and then, at 60, composed a series of 
social novels about life in Berlin and 
its environs in his day. Masur milks 
these obscure books for their price- 
less picture of "this once beautiful 

Part of the picture is not so 
beautiful. Anti-Semitism pops up in 
every corner, not the full-blown path- 
ology of the Third Reich, as Masur 
points out, but a sufficiently strong 
force to surface on the margins of 
politics and intellectual life. The na- 
tionalist scholar Heinrich von Treit- 
schke used his prestigious position at 
the University of Berlin to fulminate 
against the Jews. His colleague Mom- 
msen answered his charges, but ended 
life so disillusioned with this rotten 
strain in German culture and with 
the militarism of the empire that he 
wrote in his will : "I have always 
been a political animal and have 
wanted to be a citizen. But this is 
not possible in our nation in which 
the individual, even the best one, can 
never entirely transcend military sub- 
ordination and political fetishism." 
— Raymond A. Sokolov 

Copyright Newsweek, Inc., Jan. 4, 1971. 


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oratory. Her unmarried son was with them 
during the Summer while working at the 
Bureau of Fisheries. The quiet ended in August 
when Jean and her husband flew to New 
Foundland where he was invited to give 
several lectures— a very big honor, I under- 
stand. They found the country ruggedly lovely. 
From there they flew to London, Edinburgh, 
and Dublin. At the Royal College of Surgeons 
Jean was shown the room dedicated to her 
great, great grandfather. It has stained glass 
windows in his memory, plus portraits, diplo- 
mas, letters, etc. They had the great honor 
of being "received" by President de Valera 
of Ireland. Jean said in spite of his 88 years 
he is straight as a ramrod, and very impres- 
sive and charming. They got home in time for 
Jean to attend the Alumnae Council meeting 
on Campus, and Founders Day and the dedi- 
cation of the new College Center. 

Helen D. Grill says she is retiring this year 
as Visiting Teacher with the Tiffin Schools, 
after 41 years. 

Mary Claire Petty Hardwick has had a busy 
year. She went to Tunisia and around Europe, 
photographing Baroque buildings and villas. 
Photography, music, and travel are her hob- 
bies. Mary Claire says that the best part of 
the year is the time she spends working with 

young people— her experience with seven 
grandchildren should be a help there. 

From Florida Jacquelin Franke Charles writes 
that she occasionally sees Carolyn Flynn Ely. 
While visiting in Louisville last Summer she 
saw Cornelia Skinner Seay, and a lot of the 
younger SBC gals. 

Katherine Slaughter Thornton (last year I 
made a "boo-boo" on her married name!) 
tells me that since her husband retired last 
year they have had a wonderful time travel- 
ing. It sounds like they really covered the 
West and Canada. "We flew over, in, and 
around the Grand Canyon." Katherine and 
John always have a house full of young 
people over the weekends. Their two sons, 
grandchildren, and friends come for hunting, 
fishing, and horseshows — depending on the 
season. I know from personal experience that 
their Virginia hospitality is great! 

Frances Nash Burgher wrote in the Fall that 
she was very busy getting all her SB bulbs 
planted. She says, "As the grandmother of 
nine, and the step-grandmother of fourteen, 
life is interesting and full." 

Josephine Von Maur Crampton writes that 
while she was in Winnetka last Fall, she had 
lunch with Louise Durham Mead (Class of '25) 
and enjoyed reminiscing. 

It seems that Lorraine McCrillis Stott has 
done a lot of traveling the last two years. 
She went around the world last year, then 
to Florida in mid-Winter, and finally to Scan- 
dinavia and the Canadian Rockies in the 
Summer. She enjoys flower shows and is a 
National Council Master Judge. Lorraine says 
they are all so grateful that her daughter 
Joan and family came through the horrible 
California fire practically unscathed. 

Emily Jeffery Williams had a successful cat- 
aract operation in November, and planned 
to have another in January. 

Gladys Woodward Hubbard writes that she 
and her husband have both been ill most of 
1970, but they expect to go to Arizona after 
Christmas, where they usually stay until warm 
weather comes back to Connecticut. Their son 
teaches and he and his family always join 
them in Arizona for Easter vacation. 

Muriel Macleod Searby spent January a 

year ago in Bermuda. April found her in 
Paris for a few days with one of her sons 
and family, and then on to Bavaria, Vienna, 
Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Yugoslavia. 
Muriel has traveled extensively, but she feels 
this was one of her best trips ever. She got 
a new slant on life behind the Iron Curtain. 
She says some of the interior is unbelievably 
beautiful. In July she sailed home from Venice. 
She spent Christmas with her son Dan, his 
wife and three boys — it was a "first" for 
them all since Dan has been five years in 
Caracas with the State Department. 

Mary Rich Robertson writes that she keeps 
well and busy. Her son lives in Georgetown, 
works with the State Department, and gets 
home about once a month. 

Florence Westgate Kraffert spent a gala 
evening last September with "Shiney" Bodine 
Mountcastle in Princeton, New Jersey, remi- 
niscing over SBC days. Florence and her hus- 
band live in Pinehurst, North Carolina, from 
November to May, and then summer in Titus- 
ville, Pennsylvania. Florence says her interests 
are gardening, bridge, and braille. She hopes 
any " '24ers" coming to Pinehurst before May 
will contact her. Those of you who watch 
daytime T.V. will be interested in this: Florence 
says that Kay Klumph McGuire's daughter, 
Maeve, has the big part of Nicole in the 
"Edge of Night" serial. 

Rebecca Snyder Garrison spends most of 
her time at present looking after her husband, 
who has not been in good health the past 
couple of years. She did take a quick trip to 
New York in December to attend the Metro- 
politan Museum Centennial Art Tour. 

Ellen Brown Nichols Clendaniel (Class of 
'23) was a suite-mate of mine her senior 
year, so we write occasionally. She was mar- 
ried last September to George W. Clendaniel. 
Ellen's daughter and husband and two chil- 
dren live in California, so she was already 
a grandmother. But when she married George 
she acquired eleven additional grandchildren! 
They both like to travel and plan on doing 
a lot of it— they'll start this Spring with a 
cruise to the Carribean Islands. 

If more of you girls had written to me the 
rest of us would know what you are doing! 


I can only report what you tell me. My life 
Is sort of "hum-drum" most of the time. I 
usually spend a big part of the Summer in 
Blowing Rock, North Carolina. This year I'm 
fortunate enough to be leaving early in 
February for a month in Miami Beach with 
a sister-in-law. The Charlotte SBC Day luncheon 
was quite a nice affair in spite of the fact 
that we had our first snow storm that day, 
and our meeting place, Quail Hollow Club, 
is out in the country. That's all the news I 
have, but keep thinking "SB in '74" for our 
50th Reunion. 


Betty Moore Schilling (Mrs. Arthur Y.) 1011 

Childs Ave., Drexel Hill, Pa. 19026 

Fund Agent 

Louise Harried Ross {Mrs. George W., Jr.) 1520 

Tower Rd., Winnetka, III. 60093 

Our Fund Agent, Squeak Harned Ross, is 
doing a superb job — continue to support her. 
There were several nice notes on the Fund 
envelopes. Ann Lane Newell Whatley is glad 
to be in Virginia and near SBC after years 
in Maine and N.Y. Grace Sunderland Owens 
and Winnie West Morriss went on a 75 mile 
Wilderness ride in W. Va. Grace sees and 
plays tennis with Sarah Dance Krook's 
daughter who graduated last June from 
Georgetown Law school. Sarah teaches Eng- 
lish in a Houston high school. Elizabeth Robins 
Foster and husband attended dedication of 
Wailes Student Center and were thrilled and 
proud. Everyone says it is gorgeous. 

Lillian Wood is back in Richmond painting 
portraits for Portraits, Inc., and landscapes 
for Eric Schindler Gallery. Virginia Morris Kin- 
caid is on the Board of Directors of the Wash. 
International Horse Show and wishes more 
area girls would attend. Tommy Claybrook 
Bowie spends her Februarys in Montego Bay, 
and her Marches in Pompano Beach. Son, Lee, 
teaches philosophy at U. of Mich. 

Marian Sumner Beadle visited her cousin, 
Betty Prescott Balch in October and they 
drove to SBC to attend the Alumnae Council 
meeting— Marian's first visit in 40 years. She 
was very much impressed. Betty, of course, 
attends Council every fall. She and Dick spent 
Thanksgiving in Florida and talked with 
Squeak. The latter and her husband and Lou 
Bristol Lindemann took a trip through New 
England in September. They saw Lib Crane 
Hall and Kay Emery Eaton. 1 know that you 
all join me in sending sympathy to Lou, who 
lost her husband last June. Lou tries to keep 
busy. She was planning to spend Christmas 
with her daughter in Portland, Ore. In Febru- 
ary or March she will visit other daughter in 
Orlando, Fla. 

Muggsle Nelms Locke spent the holidays on 
a soft chair nursing a fractured vertebra. She 
should know better than to walk on a marble 
floor with golf cleats! She and Joe took a 
cruise to Bermuda in October. Their ship sailed 
from Charleston, S. C. where they had 7 or 
8 hours. While on a quickie Historic Land- 
marks tour they parked on Church St. and 
who should walk out of the house but Aust 
Austin Kinloch, who showed them through her 
very attractive house. Muggsie and Joe then 
went to see my son Fred and his family. Fred 
will go to New London, Conn, in April where 
his submarine will be homeported. 

Marion Jayne Berguido's daughter, Jill (SB 
'67) was married in December to John Kay 

Clement, III— a beautiful ceremony and recep- 
tion. Marion had a note from Libby Jones 
Shands who visited Julia Wilson in St. Croix 
last spring. She said that Emily Farrell Stagg 
is now living in Georgia. Kewpie Hodnett 
McDaniel writes that her son George is 
home from the wars after two years. Kay 
Meyer Mauchel spent Christmas as usual at 
her place in the Virgin Islands. Before that 
she was in Spain and Portugal for two 
months, and now she is on a 3-months African 

Rip Van Winkle Morlidge saw Mary Lee 
Glazier in the fall when she was visiting 
family in Covington. Rip has read Page Bird 
Woods' book of poems "Velvet Hours," and 
says that it is charming. It is published by 
Vantage Press. 

We are all sorry that Mrs. Pannell is leav- 
ing SBC. It won't be the same when we 
gather there in '73. We all wish her happi- 
ness. '73 is not far off so start thinking about 


Susanne Gay Linville (Mrs. C. Edwin) 135 

Underhill Rd., Scarsdale, N.Y. 10583 

Fund Agent 

Miss Charlotte B. Magoffin, Box 56, Deerwood, 

Minnesota 56444 


Nancy Wilson Drewry to James Mann, Jr. 

Retirement, travel and grandchildren seem 
to preoccupy the class of 1932. Leading the 
list for retirement and travel is Mildred 
Larimer who retired to Honolulu but is now 
traveling in Europe for a year. 

Eleanor Wright Conway's husband retired 
from the Army and traveling the world. The 
list of places that they served makes one 
gasp— Paris, Bangkok, Seoul and Stuttgart and 
most of the time they were able to be to- 
gether. Now they fish from their own dock in 
St. Petersburg, Florida and enjoy swimming 
and boating, and grandchildren. 

Ann MacRae is working at Johns Hopkins 
with geographic epidemiology unit, which in- 
volves among other things traveling to the 
hinterland of developing countries where, she 
says "she can use her background and train- 
ing, and then some." 

Hazel Stamps Collins writes that both her 
sons-in-law are out of the Army and this and 
the fact that one daughter and her husband 
live near her in Atlanta "confirms her belief 
in Santa Claus." She and her husband have 
also been traveling. Hong Kong seems to be 
her favorite place. 

Ruth Kerr Fortune went on a trip to Ger- 
many and England with Betty Job Jopp and 
her husband. 

Dorothy Smith Berkeley and spouse spent 
last summer in the British Isles researching 
the life of John Mitchell 1711-1768. They 
published the biography "Dr. Alexander 
Garden of Charles Town" for whom the 
gardenia was named. 

Now for us stay-at-homes — within the 
Americas I mean — Mary Pancake Mande- 
ville and husband went to Mexico and Cali- 
fornia, and Helen Pratt Secrest took an auto- 
mobile trip across the U.S. and Canada last 

Marion Malm Fowler enjoys her grandchil- 
dren in San Diego. 

Emily Maxwell Littlepage boasts of five 

Alice Dabney Parker tells of going to the 
ballet with her balletomane daughter Fleming 
Rutledge, and watching professional classes 
conducted by Balanchine. 

Marcia Patterson sends best wishes to all 
the class. 

For the Linvilles, our bit of news is that our 
two sons won the world championship sailing 
their Tempest International in the interna- 
tional races in Brittany last fall. This coming 
summer my husband and I hope to go to 
Sweden when they will sail in Goteborg. 
Happy sailing to you all. 


Margaret Dowell Cochran (Mrs. John P.), 1701 

Forest Lane, McLean, Va. 22101 

The Class of 1940 pays tribute to one of 
its beloved members and extends sympathy 
to the family of Barbara Godfrey. From a 
letter from Sibyl Godfrey Geiger, sister of 
Barbara Godfrey: "—I wanted to let her 
friends from Sweet Briar know that my sister, 
Barbara Godfrey, died suddenly on June 22, 
1970 while visiting us in Virginia. She suffered 
a cerebral hemorrhage. There has been a me- 
morial scholarship established in her name for 
a Doctoral Candidate in her field at the Uni- 
versity of Southern California at Los Angeles, 
and the family has requested that anyone 
who cares to may contribute to the Doctor 
Barbara B. Godfrey Memorial Scholarship 
Fund at USC. Services and burial were held 
for her in Corona do, California, and a me- 
morial service was held for her at the Uni- 
versity of Missouri chapel. She had been a 
professor there since 1964." 

Our sympathy also to Hortense Powell 
Cooper and Margaret Woodward Thomas who 
have lost their husbands. 

The following news has come to me from 
the Alumnae Association "fund flaps": Our 
Dr. Helen Taylor is no longer in private prac- 
tice but is devoting full time to work with the 
Norfolk Model Cities Program in Family Plan- 
ning and some prenatal, post partum care 
and gynecology in the ghetto areas. Helen 
Is interested in controlling overpopulation 
"Implosion" and Malthusian Control of Ecolog- 
ical Balance and is working on a paper to be 
published in this regard. 

On the homemaker front, news of Emory 
Gill Williams' busiest year — 3 weddings — 2 
children and 1 father-in-law — 1 debut, that 
of current SBC student Melinda who is plan- 
ning to take her Junior Year in France. 

From the Santa Fe-La Jolla area an invita- 
tion from Clara Call Frazier to Rancho Santa 
Fe. Mildred Moon Montague writes that she 
was elected to the Steering Committee of Big 
Sisters International; Ann Sims that she joined 
the staff of the Carnegie City Library; Kay 
Hodge Soaper that she works at the Day 
Care Center, is Secretary of the Red Cross 
Board, Secretary of the Diaconate of her 
church and Chairman of a church circle. 

Beth Thomas Mason has joined the ranks of 
grandparents. Mickie Mitchell Gillis writes of 
husband's Bob-White Realtors and her work 
as Medical Social Worker for Barnstable 
County Health Dept. on lovely Cape Cod. 
Betty Hammer Morrell endorses retirement 
life in South Carolina where her husband 
ran as a Republican for State Legislator in 
their strongly Democratic County. 

Jane Bush Long writes that her niece Mary 
Bush is a freshman at SBC with a B-f- aver- 


Of Pride and Prejudice 

It was with some pride and no 
little prejudice that we read Ken 
Metzler's article in the December, 
1970, Alma Mater, published by the 
American Alumni Council. Mr. Met- 
zler teaches editing and writing at 
the University of Oregon's School of 
Journalism. His article in Alma 
Mater, "Students Rip into Alumni 
Magazines," is a five-page report on 
what his journalism students think 
of alumni magazines. 

Ken thinks of alumni magazines as 
teaching tools "and for two reasons. 
First, few categories of magazines 
show such a wide variance between 
the best of them and the worst of 
them. If students learned only that 
the mere existence of a magazine is 
no guarantee of its professional com- 
petence, then the alumni magazine 
served a valuable function. 

"Second, alumni magazines were 
the closest thing I could find to rep- 
resent a point of 'common interest' 
among college students whose reading 
tastes varied from Mad to Atlantic, 
from Vogue to Rags, from Rolling 
Stones to National Geographic. . . . 
As an educational by-product, I was 
also learning from them (students). 
I gained an interesting and some- 
times surprising picture of what stu- 
dents think of alumni magazines. . . . 

"I learned that anyone editing the 
alumnae magazine for an institution 
called 'Sweet Briar College' has a 
built-in audience in Oregon. 'I opened 
the magazine,' recounted one young 
man, 'because the cover attracted 
me aesthetically and the name of the 
college prompted me to see what sort 
of things could possibly be going on 

at a place called Sweet Briar.' He 
was suitably surprised to find a 
magazine of substance, elegantly de- 
signed, representing a girl's college 
in Virginia." 

Later on in his article, Ken Mezler 
says, "I find disturbing the question 
of whether alumni magazines, given 
the strictures under which they ope- 
rate, can really hold their own with 
the increasingly super-competitive 
magazine world. In one class last 
Fall I tried to find an answer. I put 
70 magazines on the table, 35 of them 
alumni magazines, 35 of them indus- 
trial house organs, city magazines, 
regional magazines and others I 
thought the students would not be 
familiar with. The results produced 
a Top Ten listing, but only two 
alumni magazines were on it: Cali- 
fornia Monthly, April 1970, and 
Sweet Briar College Alumnae Maga- 
zine, Summer 1970. 

"The other top magazines were 
Alaska, Impact, En Route, Nevada, 
New York, Think, Aramco World, 
and Westways. Most of them are big- 
ger, slicker, higher-budget magazines, 
and for that reason I suppose some 
alumni editors might consider it un- 
fair of me to make these invidious 
comparisons, But that's just my 
point. Do they think the competition 
is any easier in the home of the 
alumnus? If your magazine can't 
compete with Impact (student NEA) 
and Think (IBM), will it do any 
better against National Geographic, 
Newsweek, Saturday Review"? (or 
Rolling Stones or Rags?) 

"The biggest problem with alumni 
magazines today is how to be 'gen- 

Shoivn: the cover of the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Magazine, summer, 1970, 
referred to in this article. The 
summer magazine was edited by 
Nancy St. Clair Talley, '56, McVea 
Scholar and member of Phi Beta 
Kappa. Nancy, who served as As- 
sociate Editor of our magazine from 
1963-1970, returns to the magazine 
staff in 1972. 

eral' magazines reaching heteroge- 
neous audiences. . . . 

"The real test of a magazine's 
drawing power came at the end of 
this class. I asked if any students 
had found a magazine of sufficient 
interest to take home with them. If 
I were an editor, that's the kind of 
test I'd want my magazine to .pass. 
Only five [out of 70 magazines] did: 
Technology Review, Think, Univer- 
sity Review, New York Magazine, 
and Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine." 

age. Jane keeps busy at the hospital and 
still has four sons in residence when they are 
not in school. Just had a long chat with Polly 
Boze Glascock who continues to be very busy 
as a homemaker and world traveller. Word 
from Alice Gass Dornberger who was leaving 
for Tokyo and missing our 30th Reunion. Send 
news in anticipation of our 35th. 

Class notes for 1940 appear only in the 
spring issue of the Alumnae Magazine so give 
me lots of news in plenty of time. To supple- 
ment the published notes, I will write an in- 
terim letter providing you furnish the news. 


Annabel Brock Badrow (Mrs. Edward V.), 1419 

Ryan St., Flint, Mich. 48504 

Fund Agent 

Jeanne Morrell Garlington (Mrs. Henry F.) 34 

Washington Ave., Savannah, Ga. 31405 

I've heard from grandmothers and mothers 
of college students as well as the mother of 
a son fourteen months old! Jody Vestal Lyon 
is, I believe, the member of our class with 
the youngest offspring. Her husband, Rob, 
claims that they have children with the seven- 
teen year locusts! Jody also has a son in the 
Navy, one in the Marines, and two grown-up 
daughters. Murray Armstrong James is a 
grandmother of a three year old. Her second 
child, Laura, is at Connecticut College and the 
youngest at Sewanee Military Academy. Her 
family's real love and business is ranching. 
Margaret McCallum Anderson has her first 
grandchild, a boy 18 months old. Her second 
daughter is freshman at Seminole Jr. College, 
the youngest is 16. Margaret supervises a 
Child Welfare Propective Service and Foster 
Home Unit in Florida. 

Wedding bells are ringing in many house- 
holds. Jane Wright Miller's eldest son was 

married in August, is a Senior at U. of C, 
Santa Cruz, her second son a sophomore there 
and her 17 year old a junior in H. S. Jane 
says that she and Howard "mess about with 
boats as much as ever." Peggy Sheffield 
Martin's son, Tom, was married in Atlanta 
on August 22. Suzanne Hardy Beaufort's 
daughter, Bon, was married in August, also. 
Suzanne has suffered through a ruptured disk 
but is better now and at work at her job 
editing the entertainment section of the news- 
paper. Marguerite Rucker Ellett's daughter 
Susan's engagement was announced in Janu- 
ary. Susan is an exchange student from Mary 
Baldwin at W. and L. Marguerite's son Teddy 
is at Davidson along with Sammy Samford 
Upchurch's son. Wish I could share the lovely 
pictures which were sent to me. Stu Taylor 
Hough's five children range from Mark who 
graduates from Muhlenberg this June to 
Brendy who is in Kindergarten. Jeanne Mor- 
rell Garlington writes that our class is "lag- 


ging" in regards to the Fund Drive. If you 
haven't sent your share, do so now. Jeanne's 
eldest is at Rollins. Helen Elliot Sockwell has 
a daughter in the class of '74 at SBC. This 
fall she enjoyed a visit to the campus and to 
Richmond to see Bess White Gregory. Helen 
is working on her teacher certification at the 
U. of Ala. Nancy Vaughn Kelly's eldest is at 
Vanderbilt, and son Derek in 7th grade. She 
is still very much involved as tutoring Co- 
ordinator at Hopkins House. Nancy visited in 
September with Anne (Ricky) Ricks Griffin 
who looks marvelous, has a lovely home, and 
a "terrific" husband. Beesie Devore Tower's 
daughter Cathy is a sophomore at Wheaton 
College, and her second offspring is at Rhode 
Island School of Design. Three younger ones 
are off at school. Beezie keeps in touch with 
"Pottsie" Potts Snodgrass whose husband Strib 
has been Chief of Staff to Admiral Htldreth. 
Pottsie's daughter Susan after two years at 
SBC is now at the University of Alabama. Her 
other two children are at Episcopal High in 
Alexandria. Bernyce Richstone Manson writes 
that one son is married, two children in col- 
lege, and her youngest daughter is going 
to Israel. Martha Frye Terry is still trying for 
teacher certification. Her eldest girl is a senior 
at Wittenberg University, second daughter Is 
off to Emory in Atlanta next year. She says 
at last her husband's youth and adult hymnal 
SING has just rolled off the press. 

Judy Blakey Brown's daughter Terry is at 
Beloit which has a most vigorous and unusual 
program socially and scholastically and where 
the dress style is late Salvation Army! Judy 
is still in graduate school and teaching Adult 
Education Classes. Ginny Wurzbach Vardy's 
husband will retire from the USN in June of 
this year and they hope to stay in the Wash- 
ington, D. C. area. Her son is a Junior at UVA 
and her second son a junior in high school. Vi 
Whitehead Morse's eldest daughter is at 
Princeton and she loves it! Vi's husband is 
now the General Counsel for National Selec- 
tive Service. Phil Thorpe Miller writes that she 
and her husband are surviving teenagers! Phil 
sees a lot of Nancy Moses Eubanks and saw 
Mary Barrett Robertson this past summer. Phil 
says they both look marvelous. Meon Bower 
Harrison writes that she had a lovely visit 
with her sister Ann who lives in Ireland in a 
restored stone 18th century house. Ann Orr 
Savage is involved with PTO, American Field 
Service, Garden Club and Hospital Auxiliary. 
Her daughter, Cathy, is college hunting. Her 
family is looking forward to building a house 
on ten acres recently acquired in Vermont. 
Closey Faulkner Dickey spent last spring re- 
cuperating from an auto accident but is skiing 
this fall with the rest of the family and is 
glad to be able to do her housekeeping! Her 
family is looking forward to a trip to Wyom- 
ing this summer to stay on a ranch. Ann 
Rowland Tuck has been busy helping elect 
Republicans In her state. Ann was Women's 
Coordinator for the campaign for the Gover- 
nor who was a winner. Polly Rollins Sowell 
recommends plunging into international af- 
fairs if you have any doubts that this is a 
concerned, free, generous country. She was a 
member of the U.S. delegation to the Biennial 
Assembly of the Inter-American Commission 
of Women which met in Bogota, Colombia 
last summer. 

Pam Terry Stoutenburgh writes that her 
daughter, Terry, Is a stewardess for American 
Airlines. Pam says she travels a lot; last trip 
was to Japan for a conference and then slowly 
home around the world. Mary Wagner For- 
rester has been living in the Phillipines since 

June, 1970. She says it has been a marvelous 
experience. Kitty Doolin Dickey has remained 
in Alexandria while her husband is in Oki- 
nawa until next July. Her girls are 10 and 12 
and love horses. Eve Godchaux Hirsch's son 
is a senior waiting out college results while 
she is still busy with her job at Newman 
School. Pat Goldin Harrsch's daughters are 
both in high school. Pat Cansler Covington's 
eldest son is at Sewanee which is almost as 
beautiful as SBC so Pat reports. Ruth Faulkner 
Howes's year has been especially busy as she 
began her first year as a full time teacher in 
1st grade. Her husband had back surgery in 
November but has recovered beautifully. Faith 
Mattison has a new home in Rumney, Vt. 
where she spends every spare moment and is 
also very active in local political affairs. Caro- 
line Rankin Mapother is still involved with the 
Visiting Nurse Assoc, and is going on a busi- 
ness and pleasure trip to Europe with her 
husband in March. Mary Pierce Shukry who 
lives in Haifa, Israel writes that she returns 
to the US just about every year. She reports 
that her Zein is in Kindergarten now and is 
completely bilingual. Jo Neal Peregrine has 
plans to graduate work in Special Education 
along with being very busy in community life 
and home with three boys. 

Westray Boyce Nicholas is planning a trip 
to Europe this summer with her husband. 
Martha Mansfield Clement's husband has re- 
tired after thirty years service in the U.S. 
Army. He is now working for a research 
group as a member of their Technical Staff. 
Martha teaches 8th grade English. Her eldest 
Sarah has been accepted in the Early Decision 
Plan at SBC. Ann Porter Mullen is busy with 
three teenagers, PTA, and Scouting. Sally 
Pear re works full time with Legal Aid at its 
headquarters in Baltimore. Her weekends are 
spent astride a beautiful Arabian Gelding 
named Topaz. Ann Paxson Gail ran into Miss 
Beard from SBC at the Expo in Montreal. 

Patty Traugott Rixey is enjoying her term 
as an Alumnae Trustee. Patty is impressed 
with what is going on on campus and with 
the progressive outlook of Alumnae who 
maintain an active interest in their college. 
Martha Skinner Logan recently visited the 
campus and says, "we never had it so good!" 
Peggy Sheffield Martin and others urge us 
all to mark our calendars in '73 and start 
planning to attend our 25th reunion. 

I know that we all join together to extend 
our sympathy to Kenneth Coghill, and his 
children Kenneth L. Jr., (a sophomore . //. 
and L.) David and Susan. Lee Estill Coghill 
died on 12/21/71 of cancer. At that time she 
was Executive Director of the Mountain Laurel 
Girl Scout Council covering 26 counties in 
Virginia and W. Virginia. Ken wrote that Jane 
Johnson Kent spent a few days with them 
this month. 


Patricia Layne Winks (Mrs. Donald) #1 Twelfth 

Ave., San Francisco, Cal. 94118 

Fund Agent 

Joanne Holbrook Patton (Mrs. George) HQ. 4th 

Armored Div., APO New York 09068 

Christmas cards brought me up to date on 
news of many of you— including some changes 
of address which I hope will not be out-of- 
date by next Christmas. 

Sue Judd Wilcox and her family have moved 
from Glens Falls, N. Y. to Spring Grove, Pa., 

12 miles southwest of York. Her husband Jack 
is now Vice-President of the York Division of 
Commonwealth National Bank. Sue wrote that 
they hoped to return to the Adirondacks for 
some skiing in February. She has resumed 
active membership in the Junior League, has 
done volunteer work in the Pediatrics De- 
partment at the hospital in York, and has 
taken up sewing on the side. 

Ann Whittingham Smith moved from Michi- 
gan to Middlebury, Connecticut. Bob is In 
charge of marketing and advertising for the 
Waterbury National Bank. Ann Garst Strick- 
land has made what certainly qualifies as the 
biggest move— all the way from Taiwan to 
London, where her husband is at the London 
School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She 
writes that "the three boys are enjoying their 
English schools and correcting my pronuncia- 
tion . . . We enjoy seeing Seafield and 
Catherine Yerkes Grant and their lovely fam- 
ily." I hope we get to take up Anne's invita- 
tion to see them when we pass through- 
London is my very favorite city, and I'd like 
nothing better than to get back there. 

Sue Bassewitz Shapiro continues to work 
as a histology technician helping her husband, 
who has just opened a new laboratory for 
dermatapathology. Their young daughter spent 
her Christmas vacation in Mexico City and 
Palenque, a Mayan city— which gives me an 
excuse to bring up an anecdote from our 
Mexican trip last summer. Don and I were 
having a drink on the patio of the Hotel 
Victoria in Oaxaca when I overheard the 
people at the next table commenting on the 
tremendous coincidence that they should find 
each other at such a relatively out-of-the-way 
place— to think that two people from a small 
girls' college in Virginia, etc., etc. That's right 
— they were two Sweet Briar alumnae. I sub- 
sequently introduced myself, and vowed I 
would remember names to include in the 
alumnae news— but of course I didn't. Sincere 
apologies to the anonymous alumnae who 
underlined a point I find myself reiterating 
in every newsletter — Sweet Briar alumnae 
really get around. 

I had a couple of after-all-these-years sur- 
prises. One was a letter from Robbie Lloveras, 
ensconced in a hospital recuperating from a 
recurrent case of bronchitis. Between bouts 
she has been busy singing concerts in Central 
and South America and in Europe. She was 
looking forward to a candlelight concert in 
the old castle in Heidelberg, doing ancient 
music, accompained by museum instruments. 

Another fine surprise was a call from Sally 
Gearhart, who has resigned from college 
teaching and has moved to San Francisco. It 
certainly didn't take Sally long to find a 
niche in San Francisco— she has already been 
elected to the board of directors of the Family 
Service Agency. Sally and 1 have enjoyed a 
couple of good phone conversations— picking 
up very easily after 19 years— and we look 
forward to getting together very soon. 

Jane Russo Sheehan has been getting 
around. In early December she went to Mon- 
treal, where she met Jackie Razook Chamandy 
for lunch. She also went back to SBC for the 
first time since graduation. She attended the 
symposium on environment, and particularly 
enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces; Miss 
Muncy, Miss Boone, Mrs. Wailes, Miss Rogers, 
Dr. Rice, Miss Belcher. In August Jane had 
another reunion — with former roommate 
Nancy Laemmel Hartman. Nancy, Bruce, and 
their two children parked their camping trailer 
in the Sheehans' yard and spent the night on 
their way to Cape Cod. Jane notes: "Talk 


about painless entertaining — they even 
brought their breakfast!" 

Mary John Ford Gilchrist wrote the nicest 
letter with news of family and friends. Last 
summer they took a family trip west which, 
she writes, was "perfect even with our age 
spread! Little Stuart, 5, enjoyed nightclubbing 
in Las Vegas and Vic, 15, enjoyed Disneyland. 
Naturally Mary Gray, 1 1, enjoyed it all/' 
They flew to Tucson, went on by car to the 
Grand Canyon, drove up the coast visiting 
relatives in Santa Barbara and then to Carmel 
and San Francisco. They then flew to Wyoming 
for a week on a ranch. Mary John fears 
there won't be an opportunity for another 
such vacation soon— now that Stuart opened 
his savings and loan association and can't be 
pried away from work. 

Mary John added the big news that Susan 
Hobson McCord and family plan to go to 
India for two years via a summer trip through 
Europe. Coke will be doing chest surgery 
there under a Johns Hopkins plan. 

Casey Black Underwood and her family 
continue to take advantage of all California's 
natural wonders. Last summer they camped 
near Mount Shasta and in the Klamath Na- 
tional Forest, and at Twin Lake, 8,200 feet up. 
(She notes they were the only campers there. 
Brr! No wonder!) During the winter months 
they planned week-ends in the snow. 

B. J. McElfresh managed to get away from 
her doctorate exams and her full-time job 
long enough to get to Spain and Portugal, 
and to the Virgin Islands over the Christmas 

Leila Booth Morris and family were still at 
Fort Benning for their fourth Christmas, some 
kind of Army record, but changes were in 
store. Jim has orders to Vietnam in April, so 
Leila plans to stay in Columbus. Their daughter 
Catherine is a freshman at Stratford College 
in Danville, Virginia. Jimmy, their 15-year-old, 
has been awarded a trip to the Boy Scout 
World Jamboree in Tokyo in August. 

Our class has children of all ages, but more 
college names are cropping up in the family 
news. Benita Phinizy Jonhson's son Tommy is 
a freshman at Dartmouth. Amie Willard 
Block's son Hunt, 16, has been granted early 
acceptance to Harvard. Kitty Coxe Page has 
a son at Stanford. Kitty also has a son soon 
to graduate from prep school; another son in 
junior high, a daughter in the second grade, 
and another daughter just 3. 

Many of you wrote mentioning your out- 
side interests. Katherine Shaw Minton is on 
the Day Care Committee of the Community 
Council, where she tries to get good laws 
governing day care in Connecticut. Amie 
Willard Block is active in museum work, city 
involvement, and poetry readings. Benita 
Phinizy Jonhson puts in a lot of time with the 
Cancer Society. Ginger Dreyfus Karren is ac- 
tive in San Antonio's musical organizations. 

Libby Stamp smuggled a letter to me during 
the English postal strike. She passed it along 
to a friend vacationing outside the country. 
Libby was looking forward to visits from some 
of you this summer, when the American Bar 
Association will be meeting in Oxford. During 
the past year Libby herself vacationed in 
Turkey, cruising along the coast at night and 
visiting the ruins and beaches during the day. 
She continues to work very hard, revising one 
book and co-editing another. She hopes that 
some of you will become interested in Ox- 
fam's newest branch, Oxfam-America, located 
on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D. C. 
Libby herself is now concerned not only with 
Oxfam, but with a new club which is working 

Alumnae Award 

In 1968 on recommendation of the 
Executive Board of the Alumnae As- 
sociation the President of the College 
approved the establishment of the 
Sweet Briar College Alumnae Award 
in honor of the Class of 1910. 

The award may be given to gradu- 
ate alumnae who have been out of 
college for at least fifteen years and 
in recognition of outstanding service 
to the College in a volunteer capacity. 

Nominations, which should be sent 
to the Committee on Alumnae Awards 
% Alumnae House, Sweet Briar, are 
invited from any member of the Sweet 
Briar Community: alumnae, faculty, 
administrative staff, overseer, stu- 

The award in 1969 was presented 
to Edna Lee Gilchrist. In 1970 Gladys 
Wester Horton was the recipient. 

to raise funds for a hostel for disabled stu- 
dents, the first of its kind in England. 

It's hard for me to conceal my glee that 
I have only two more newsletters to write- 
then reunion. I hope you will give more and 
more thought to our twentieth in the months 
to come. In the meantime, please continue to 
write. I love hearing from you. 


Betsy Meade Hastings (Mrs. Donald M., Jr.), 

Rt. 1, Cox Rd., Woodstock, Ga. 30188 

Fund Agent 

Mary Ann Hicklin Quarngesser (Mrs. E. Stuart, 

Jr.), 1007 Winding Way, Baltimore, Md. 21210 

Just a couple of months now until our Fif- 
teenth Reunion! Sign up your baby-sitters, 
pacify your husbands, notify your bosses, and 
let's have a huge turn-out to admire each 
other and the College. Nobody has forgotten 
how heavenly Sweet Briar is in late May, and 
just think of three days away from the rush of 
our usual lives! Send an affirmative post card 
to Jane Street Liles. 

The following girls have temporarily been 
lost sight of: Jeannie Applequist Bascom, last 
heard from in Aspen, Col., Susan Talburt Cis- 
neros, last heard from in Chevy Chase, Md., 
and Mary McGuire Fite, last heard from in 
Tampa, Fla. Please let me know where they 

Joan Fisch Gallivan and family moved from 
Greenville, S.C. to Nashville, Tenn., last 
spring when Jimmy was made a partner of 
J. C. Bradford and Co. She says the children, 
Joanie (15), Jimmy (13) and Joe (12) have 
made a fine adjustment to their three different 
schools and all are happy with their new 

Allison Boykin Parsons writes that for years 
she has meant to fill us in on life in Rockville, 
Md. "Happiness abounds at our house" with 
six active children, Lynn, 11; Jim Jr., 9; John, 
6; Mike, 4; Tim, 3, anad Laura, 6 mos. Jim is 
a branch manager with Univac in Washington. 
She says there is never a dull moment within 
their four walls, though she wonders sometimes 
if they will stand another day. Allison is busy 
with the Garden Club Book Club and a couple 

of bridge groups. She sends on the news that 
Paula Purse Pointer's husband Sam has been 
appointed a Federal Judge, and that Kit Col- 
quitt Bruce has two children and is very happy 
dabbling in Interior Decorating. 

Ann Irvin is now Assistant Director of the 
Nassau County Youth Board in Mineola, N.Y., 
which is a planning, coordinating and con- 
tracting agency for youth services in the 
county. She is also a part-time member of the 
Casework Faculty of the Smith College School 
for Social Work. She's working hard but play- 
ing hard, too, presently ending the ski season 
and moving to tennis. 

Barbara Bernhard MacLea's husband Herbert 
sent in her news, saying they have two girls, 
13 and 9, and that Barbara won the Tri-Color 
Flower Show Award from the Federated Gar- 
den Clubs of Maryland this past year. Jane 
Black Clark's household in Norfolk is a little 
quieter this year as her oldest daughter Alden 
is away boarding at Holton-Arms School in 
Washington. Jane finds it hard to believe 
she'll be 16 in March. 

Karen Steinhardt Kirkbride and Dick visited 
in Idaho two weeks last summer with their 
sons Steven 4 and Kevin 2, and slipped off 
from there to Sun Valley for a mini-vacation. 
Last fall they wrestled with the hard Northern 
Virginia clay soil as they planted their first 
Sweet Briar tulips in 26" deep holes. She 
says the children (who obviously didn't do the 
digging) appreciated the "Hanoi holes." 

Alice Guggenheimer Mackay, Roger and their 
children, Danny 7 and Susan 5, will join three 
other families for a week of March skiing at 
Waterville Valley. They have built an addition 
to their house, and this Christmas added a 
piano, which has inspired Alice to take lessons 
from the wife of a celloist in the Boston Sym- 
phony. Alice is planning to come to Reunion. 

Ann Stevens Allen is taking a sculpture class 
at Converse College and has done a head of 
her husband Bob which is now being cast in 
bronze. She and the family have done a lot 
of skiing at Sugar Mountain, N.C. Laura 
Hailey Bowen and Leila Thompson Tarratus 
have also taken up skiing, going from Atlanta 
up to Sky Valley in the North Georgia moun- 
tains. Much hilarity from all quarters, especi- 
ally over learning to get off the chair lift. 

Bett Forbes Loughlin is spending a lot of 
time at the family farm south of Atlanta re- 
storing an old family Georgia country house 
as guest quarters. Her hardest job so far, 
besides having it moved 8 miles en toto, was 
finding suitable old bricks to reconstruct the 
double chimneys. Dede Candler Hamilton and 
Joe love their new property on Lake Rabun 
north of Atlanta and have made frequent 
forays there for camping weekends, and even 
to cut their Christmas tree. 

Don and I have added a kitten and a small 
self-built greenhouse to our place, and both 
are great fun. We had a beautiful trip last 
summer away from civilization to the Outer 
Banks and Ocracoke, N.C. I am involved this 
spring through the Georgia Conservancy in a 
program helping elementary teachers accent 
the teaching of ecology, and I am hoping to 
be at Reunion. See you there! 


Tila Farrell Grady (Mrs. Henry W., Jr.) 
1912 Greystone Road, N. W., Atlanta, Georgia 


Fund Agent 

Margot Saur Meyer (Mrs. Robert O.), Chapin 

Rd., Bernardsville, N. J. 07924 


Sally Underhill to Dr. Birdsall Viault— May, 

Judy Barnes Agnew— Lisa, July, 1970. 

Joyce Cooper Toomey— Jennifer Kate, Oct. 
21, 1970. 

Maydelle Foster Fason— Maydelle V., July. 

Ann Gatling Honey— Charles Hubert Gatling, 
Dec. 5, 1970. 

Jane Haldeman Tyrell— Robert McKeldin, Jan. 

11, 1970. 

Alice Jones Torbett— Lea Paxton, July 20. 
Kathy Knox Ennis— Gregory Knox, Dec. 2. 
Lucy Martin Gianino— Gemina Martin, June 

12, 1970. 

Katie Mendelson McDonald— daughter, Sept. 
9, 1970, Hong Kong. 

Reunion '70 was a blast for the Class of 
'60. About 35 "Poohs" returned to the Patch. 
We thought about all of you who were not 

From Seattle Carol Barnard writes she is 
busy doing free lance research and writing, 
playing tennis, growing tomatoes and return- 
ing east to Maine every summer. From 
Barbara Bell Peterson in Piedmont, Calif., we 
hear "All's well out west. Come some time." 
Mary Anne Claiborne Johnston and Dick, 
Richard, Claiborne and Kristin have moved 
to Birmingham where Dick is teaching in the 
University of Alabama medical school. 

From Maryland Nancy Cornell Esposito 
writes news of a visit from Carolyn Gough 
Harding and her son Nicholas, from Carol 
Lord Mayo and Tony, and from Lucy Martin 
Gianino and Jack. Joyce Cooper Toomey and 
Charley have moved to Annapolis where he is 
opening an orthodontic office. Charley, 3, 
Cathy, 8, and Jennifer Kate make theirs a 
busy home. 

Loved the long Christmas letter from Nancy 
Corson Gibbs in Columbia, S.C. She and Joe, 
Ellen, 8, and Laney, 6, are a busy group. 
They do lots of selling, tennis (with Teddy 
Hill Washer and Bob), oystering and horse- 
raising. Junior League provisional course was 
time consuming and very interesting for 
Nancy. They both extend an "invite" to come 
enjoy the old Plantation. Jane Ellis Covington 
is busy with eight Labrador puppies, Eliza- 
beth, 7, Janie, 5, and Jimmy, 3. 

Maydell Foster Fason happily reports that 
her husband has begun his medical practice 
in Austin after a three-year residency in oral 
surgery at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Pre- 
viously the Fa sons were Air Force stationed 
in Japan where son Drake was born. Carolyn 
Gough Harding writes that she, Dick and 
Nicholas will be leaving Washington in Sept. 
of '71 for a year back on campus studying 
Atlantic Community affairs, before the state 
department assigns Dick overseas, "hopefully 
Europe." Small World department: The Right 
Reverend George Taylor, Mrs. Pannell's in- 
tended husband, was formerly Carolyn's 

Dottle Grant Halmstad's note tells of a fun- 
business trip to Europe with husband David 
last fall. Assistant Professor of Art History, 
Keating Griff iss writes from Queens College 
in Charlotte that besides her academic duties, 
she has researched, written and had published 
the catalogue of the permanent collection of 
pre-Columbian art for the Mint Museum. For 
a change of pace, Keating plans a trip to 
study Palladian architecture in Ireland, Scot- 

land and Wales this summer. 

Janet Maynard Henderson, husband Hal, 
and boys Michael and David have returned 
to Honolulu from their assignment in Singa- 
pore. Hal is with Dilco. They miss Singapore 
and enjoyed their two-month trip through 
Europe and Africa en route home. Their dog 
has just emerged from 120 day quarantine 
and the children are well settled in nursery 
school. They're beginning to feel at home 

Betty Meade Howard and husband John 
moved from Lawrenceville, N. J., to Charlottes- 
ville. John has started a co-ed day school 
"oriented to getting the child in the commun- 
ity and making education a real part of his 
regular life." Betty is taking care of Jamie, 
4, Virginia, 2, taking a writing course at U. 
Va. and is helping edit "an obscure anthro- 
pology book." 

Missi Meyers Gibbs writes from New York 
City that she "keeps herself busy" teaching 
nursery school two days a week, running the 
thrift shop benefitting the school two days a 
week, and being secretary for The American 
Museum Park committee which raises funds 
to rebuild the park around the Museum of 
Natural History in a see-touch geological park. 
(Last year this group made casts of dinosaur 
footprints which are now in the ground!) 

Ginger Newman Blanchard writes that the 
family has a new English shepherd puppy, 
"Dandy." Ginger and Bob had a trip to Ponte 
Vedra in October and the whole family visited 
Ginger's sister Bea ('61) and her husband 
Brad In New Hampshire over Thanksgiving — 
"The five cousins had a ball." 

Patti Powell Pusey and Bill and their three 
(girls Brent, 7V&, and Glen, 19 months, and 
son Biff, 4V2) moved into a larger house In 
July. It's a whitewashed colonial with room 
for classmates coming through. Patti has much 
enjoyed being room mother in Brent's experi- 
mental second grade class at Collegiate. Bill 
has had a busy legal year and the two of 
them got away briefly for a visit to Miami 
Beach in December. 

Gay Mann Zimskind has moved into a 14- 
room, 27-window apartment in Bala-Cynwyd, 
Pa., and she spends hours trying to enjoy or 
avoid using Windex by the gallon. While tour- 
ing middle Europe they met Gail Hayman Wil- 
son and husband John honeymooning in 
Vienna. Gail is working as youth director for 
a church in Binghamton, N. Y. She and John 
have a 60-year-old four bedroom house and 
are looking forward to re-doing it. 

Lucy Martin Gianino and Jack had their 
baby 10 days after reunion. The baby's early 
arrival allowed Lucy to audition for and get 
a new part on the soap opera "Edge of 
Night," which we all enjoy watching. They 
have a new apartment in New York City. 
Lucy writes the following news: Mona Styles 
Pursley was to visit New York in January. 
Charity Paul is teaching in New York at the 
Parsons School of Design and visited Brownie 
Lee in Richmond, Va., over New Years. Brownie 
was back briefly from Africa. Lucy talks by 
phone occasionally to Dr. Grace Suttle, who 
is kept very busy with her clinic work. 

Jane Headstream Milholland was not back 
for reunion, but she sent a letter and news- 
paper clipping for the reunionites to read. 
Jane and her architect husband Pierce live in 
Medina, Wash., where she is busy with home, 
Junior League, the Pacific Northwest Ballet 
Assoc, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and 
occasional fashion and hand modeling. 

Alice Jones Torbett and David, who live In 
Johnson City, Tennessee, welcomed their baby 
girl to go with their two school aged boys. 
David has been elected circuit court judge, 
criminal division. Kathy Knox Ennis and hus- 
band Dick have four children under six which 
keep Kathy hopping. They are glad to have a 
baby boy after three little girls. They are 
currently stationed in Washington and are 
thoroughly enjoying being back in the USA 
after three interesting tours in Latin America. 
Dick is with the Foreign Service. Margot 
McKee works for the American Alpine Club 
in New York City. She had a super vacation 
in Turkey last fall and is now planning a 
skiing trip to Austria. 

Anne Rienecke Clarke is happy to have hus- 
band Fred back home in Wilton, Conn., after 
his completing a training program in Chicago 
for a new job. 3-year-old Sabrina keeps Anne 
on her toes as does serving as SBC bulb co- 
chairman along with Gwen Speel Kaplan. 
After two years in Okinawa with the Army 
and four years in Columbus, Ohio, Sandy 
Schuhmacher Lawrence is ecstatic to be back 
in San Antonio. Her doctor husband is an as- 
sistant professor of radiology at the University 
of Texas medical school and they have three 
youngsters: Katie, 6, Billy, 4, and Sharon, 
three months. 

"B" Shwab Kenny and Bob write from St. 
Louis that they enjoy quail hunting. Three 
girls under three also keep them busy. Sue 
Styer Ericksen has little trouble keeping in 
shape. She and Leif teach riding for Berks 
Pony Club in Reading Pa. She troups with 
the Junior League puppeteers and tries to 
keep up with 14-month-old Leif II, alias 
"Twig", who tips the scales at 30 pounds. 
Diane Thomas Sumner, Bill, Tommy, 1, and 
Colin, 5, have been transferred to Wilton, 
Conn. She sees Gwen Speel Kaplan and Anne 
Rienecke Clarke often. 

Newly-weds Sally Underhill Viault and Bert 
settled in Rock Hill, S. C. after a dreamy 5- 
week trip west last summer. Bert is an as- 
sociate professor of European History at Win- 
throp College. Sally is "retired" now and 
says it's great to be an "untired" wife. Isabel 
Ware Hall and Howard are still enjoying 
Providence, R. I. Seven-year-old Margaret and 
5-year-old Allen love the ice skating there. 
Winnie Ward Henchey is enjoying some part 
time teaching and nursing and taking care of 
Pooh and Hope. This year she and husband 
Bick had two business trips to Europe. 

Artist Dotty Westby Moeller is making litho- 
graphs and has four at the Gallery of World 
Art in Newton, Mass. Bob is now associate 
curator of decorative arts and sculpture at 
the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Nat Yates 
Todd and Ralph have been transferred to Las 
Vegas from Tacoma, Wash. 

As for Atlanta news: Barbara Bowen Moore 
is teaching upper school math (ages 1 1-16) 
at Galloway School, an experimental "free 
school" here. Ann Crowell Lemmon, Phyz and 
Sally, 2, spent a week in July at Rehobeth 
Beach, Delaware with Tucky McFall Ziebold, 
John and their three girls. The Lemmons also 
saw Lura Coleman Wampler, Fred and their 
two children in July, as well as Judy Barnes 
Agnew who is missed since her move from 
Atlanta, but Ann reports Judy is happily en- 
sconced in a lovely new home in Durham with 
Jim, Laura, Lynn and Lisa. 

Tila Farrell Grady brought Henry and Henry 
III, to reunion in June and afterwards went 
to Williamsburg. After reunion Linda Sims 
Grady vacationed in Jamaica. Linda is teach- 


Of Books and Energy 

Alice Lancaster Buck, '44, Research Assistant, Atomic Energy Commission 

I often think of young people who 
now ask the question, "Why go to 
college and just learn facts. What 
good will it do you?" I'm the first to 
confess I can't remember many facts 
and I may have asked that same ques- 
tion. But I do know now that writing 
term papers for Miss Fraser and 
Miss Sanford and Mrs. Raymond 
helped me develop skills which have 
been extremely useful in my present 
job. Also helpful was going to gradu- 
ate school at the Univ. of Virginia, 
where I received my M.A. in History 
while my husband, Pete, was getting 
his Ph.D. in Physics. 

By coincidence, I was offered a job 
at the Atomic Energy Commission on 
the same day that our son, Blair, was 
accepted at Yale. Tuitions being what 
they are, I was delighted to accept 
the job as a research assistant for 
the Chief Historian of the AEC, in 
the summer of 1966. 

I have found it an interesting and 
rewarding way to spend two and a 
half days a week, and I'm known as 
a "part-time professional woman." 
(And have received my share of rib- 
bing about being a "part-time" wom- 

One of my first assignments was 
to prepare and later grade a test 
given several times a year to young 
men and women applying for the 
Commission's intern program. Oc- 
casionally I write citations and press 
releases for awards being given dis- 
tinguished scientists in the atomic 
energy program . . . From time to 
time our staff is asked to draft staff 
papers and write speeches for the 
Commission that require historical 

analysis. I often do research for 
these and sometimes the actual writ- 

I'm constantly involved in a process 
of "self-education," and I wish that 
I had had a combined history-science 
major at Sweet Briar for this his- 
tory-of-science profession. It's en- 
couraging to know that one can still 
learn, however ! 

Our staff spent months selecting 
AEC documents for the Johnson his- 
tory files for the use of future his- 
torians. Our primary job is writing- 
history, and it was a great thrill to 
have our book, Atomic Shield, pub- 
lished in 1969. It is Vol. II in a his- 
tory of the AEC. For the past year 
we have been working on a history 
of naval reactors . . . This has been 
a fascinating assignment. We have 
read thousands of documents covering 
the past 20 years and interviewed 
many people involved in the project. 

Little did I dream when I started 
working that my job would take me 
out and "down under" on a nuclear 
submarine! Such was my good for- 
tune when Admiral Rickover invited 
me to fly to New London and go out 
for a day on a ballistic missile sub- 
marine. It was very exciting, and 
I'm ready to go again on a moment's 

My particular research for the 
naval reactors history has involved 
collecting and organizing material 
for a chapter on administration and 
training. . . . Admiral Rickover pays 
us a daily visit, and he told me that 
if I could figure out what his admin- 
istrative system is he would like me 
to let him know! 

There are advantages and disad- 
vantages to working part-time. But 
for me the advantages definitely win 
out. My job is challenging and satis- 
fying — and I'm blessed with a won- 
derful and understanding husband 
who forgives the "quick and easy" 
dinners on my working days, and 
he does more than his share of the 

Alice Lancaster Buck, 'UU, and her 
husband, Pierpont B. Buck, of Fair- 
fax, Va. Their daughter, Dorothea, 
is a sophomore at Sweet Briar. 

ing kindergarten, leading a girl scout troop 
and chauffering Anna 10 and Rob 7. Nina 
Wilkerson Bugg is enjoying her new role as 
3-year-old nursery school teacher along with 
taking care of husband Bill and their two 
boys, Bill 6 and Bob 3. She enjoyed an un- 
expected visit in August from Jane Tatman 
Connelly, husband Guy and Kevin and Kitty 
who were on their way back to Indianapolis 
from a San Juan vacation. 

Thanks to all of you who sent in news via 
Christmas cards and alumnae office. Keep 
those cards and letters coming in. We are 
hoping to send out a news letter in a few 


Susan B. Dwelle, 18 East 94th St., New York, 

N.Y. 10028 

Fund Agent 

Jo Ann Soderquist Kramer (Mrs. John R., Jr.), 

1735 Overbrook Rd., Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124 

Katherine Scott Griffith to Henry Armand 
Terjen, Sept. 5, 1970 

Anne Day to Patrick Sarsfield, May 30, 1970 

To Lynn Youngs Johnston, first child, a daugh- 
ter, Caroline Hoyf, October 27, 1970 

To Caroline Tate Noojin, second child, a son, 
John Tate, December 8, 1970 

To Dottie Norris Schipper, second child, a son, 
Robert Norris, April 29, 1970 

To Josephine England Redd, third son, Uhland 
Redd IV, July 3, 1970 

To Barbara Burns Persons, a son, Thaddeus 
William, February 25, 1970 

To Nina Sledge Burke, second child, first son, 
Richard Cobb, August 31, 1970 

To Marilyn Dunlap Laird, second child, a 
daughter, Sydney Amelia, February 18, 1970 

To Nancy Lynah Stebbing, a son, Jonathan 
Heyward, September 30, 1970 

To Nelie Clark Tucker, second daughter, An- 
nette Booth, September 18, 1970 

To Tina Patterson Sands, first child, a daughter, 

Renee Ledoux, August 22, 1970 
To Scottie Newell Lennon, second child, first 

son, Richard Lennon, Jr., July 
To Lynn Smith Crow, first child, a son, William 

David III, August 19, 1970 
To Kit Snow Landau, first child, a son, David 

Babcock, October 4, 1970 
To Mary Caroline Elmore Harrell, first child, a 

son, David Franklin, August 22, 1970 
To Ann Sims Fauber, fourth daughter, London 

Wood, March 1970 
To Tina Piatt Kemper, a daughter, Christine 

Elizabeth, May 28, 1970 
To Mary Duer Leach, first child, a daughter, 

Jennifer Marshall, April 5, 1970 
To Carol Eckman Taylor, first child, a son, 

Benjamin Henry Magruder, March 11, 1970 
To Ginny Hamilton Ammons, first child, a son, 

Henry Teller, July 14, 1970 
To Mary Green Borg, second son, Adam 

Dwight, May 19, 1970 
To Peggy Aurand Young, second son, Peter 

Aurand, August 8, 1970 


To Susan Jahn Mancini, first child, a son, 

Nicholas Arthur, February 18, 1970 
To V. M. Del Greco Galgano, first child, a son, 

Robert Christopher, May 29, 1970 

When I mailed postcards to you last fall I 
had all good intentions of sending out an 
interim class letter, but Christmas sneaked up 
on me this year and 1 should have given you 
a deadline for returning your cards, i have 
been spending several weeks in Jacksonville 
this winter avoiding the New York snow and 
slush. Apparently I chose the right year. 

Pat Wheelan wrote that she is in her second 
year of law school and also working part-time 
for a New York law firm. Lynne Smith Crow 
finds her days filled with work on their old 
(c. 1890) house and caring for the baby, two 
dogs and a cat. Anne Day Sarsfield and her 
new husband live in Brooklyn where she 
teaches in Head Start. Patrick is studying 
Urban Planning and Preservation at Columbia. 

Faith Low Humann hopes to take on a new 
project now that her boys are in school during 
the mornings. They are still in New York City. 
Scottie Newell Lennon and her family are now 
living in Southampton, L.I., where Rich is 
practicing ophthalmology. Judy Dunn Span- 
genberg and Tom have also escaped to the 
country and are restoring their 1 763 home. 
I look forward to seeing Judy's new books — 
a set of four for children was just coming 
off the press when I heard from her. Ty is 
almost three now. 

Tina Patterson Sands wrote that she has 
given up teaching after the birth of daughter, 
Renee. We actually are neighbors in NYC and 
occasionally bump into one another. I try to 
persuade everyone to come to our New York 
alumnae club meetings but am not always 
successful. I see Lynn Youngs Johnston, 
Frances Hanahan, Christie Calder Salomon, 
Tappy Lynn Frangiamore, Margaret Thouron 
Harrell and Susan Bronson Croft frequently. 
Fran is getting ready for a fun trip up the 
Mississippi on the Delta Queen; they embark 
at New Orleans and sail to Memphis. Christie 
is doing volunteer work for "Sesame Street" 
and would welcome suggestions. Tappy has 
recently won a fellowship to study for a 
month in France — her specialty is decorative 
textiles and she is a curator with the Cooper 
Hewitt Museum. 

Lorna Macleod Smith and Stephen and four 
children have moved back East to Springfield, 
Mass. area and love the snow after two years 
in Dallas. Ashton Barfield wrote me that she 
is finishing up her studies at Princeton and 
should be through with her doctorate early 
this summer. Sheila Carroll Cooprider and 
Chuck are in Dover, Del., where Chuck travels 
all over the world as an Air Force Pilot. Her 
youngest sister is a freshman at SBC— the 
fourth Carroll. 

Nancy Gillies is now working in the pedi- 
atric department of U.Va. Hospital where she 
sees a lot of Joan Hulley. Joan is a second 
year resident in psychiatry. Ann Sims Fauber 
has recently opened the Lynchburg "Shop of 
John Simmons" — gifts and furniture. She and 
Bip now have four girls. 

Jackie Nicholson Wysong wrote that she Is 
a docent at the Smithsonian giving history 
tours to school children. She is also a member 
of the Board of Governors at St. Agnes School. 
Alice Fales Stewart is hard at work on a paper 
on China's foreign policy in the '50's for her 
MA in Far East area studies. She and Dick 
had a wonderful holiday in Spain, Portugal 
and Morocco. They enjoy seeing Leasie Scott 
Porter, who has moved back to Washington 
with Erin, age two and Lane. 

Nancy Ami Briggs is a medical officer at 
District of Columbia General Hospital. Her 
husband is in his third year of medical school. 
Dona Van Arsdale is still enjoying her job as 
Administrative Assistant to the Treasurer, U.S. 
and has done quite a bit of travelling. Lynn 
Riley is also in Washington as Vice President 
of Montgomery Data Systems, a computer 
service bureau which she started last March 
with a couple of friends. She is also busy with 
Jr. League provisional work. M. C. Elmore 
Harrell and family have moved to Annapolis 
where Martin is working with the Westing- 
house Ocean Research and Engineering Center. 

Lynn Williams Tompkins is living in New- 
port News, Va., with her three children. Her 
husband is in a group practice — internal medi- 
cine. Dootsie Duer Leach and Walt welcomed 
Jennifer in April. Walt has opened his own 
office with seven other men called Environ- 
mental Design Collaborative — architectural 
planning and landscape services in Philadel- 

Carol Eckman Taylor and David have put in 
an acre pond in the front yard of their Rich- 
mond house and welcome any campers from 
the class of '64. Harriet Findley Benkovich has 
a new address in Mechanicsburg, Pa., near 
Harrisburg where Jack has a new job with 
AMP, Inc. Jo Ann Soderquist Kramer is always 
great about trading new addresses with me — 
some of you try to keep them a secret — and 
the Kramers moved to a new house themselves 
last July. They're in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Jo Ann 
is the most persuasive fund raiser ever and is 
doing a terrific job. 

Penny Writer Theis lives in Sylvania, Ohio, 
and is kept busy chasing after her two boys. 
V. M. Del Greco Galgano and Mike are still 
in Columbus, with the great addition of Robert 
Christopher. V. M. is tutoring math while 
Mike finishes his doctorate. Susan Jahn Man- 
cini is a neighbor of the Galganos — they dis- 
covered each other last summer and Albert 
is also a teacher at Ohio State with Mike. 
Nicholas Mancini was born last February. 

Peggy Aurand lives in Peoria where Terry 
is in marketing at Caterpillar, Inc. Peggy is a 
substitute teacher and when both boys (Dennis, 
2 and Peter, 8 mos.) are asleep "paints 
frantically to keep three galleries and exhibits 

Dottie Norris Schipper had a fine chance to 
practice her Dutch while Jan's parents were in 
Greenville for six weeks last fall to get ac- 
quainted with Robert. She and Jan had their 
fourth annual sports car rally to High Hamp- 
ton, N.C. and had 16 participants. 

I heard from Watties Pope Kennedy from 
Columbia, S.C. who keeps busy with one year 
old Hunter. I know everyone was happy to 
hear of Kitty Griffith's marriage to Hank 
Terjen. They have bought a new house in 
Atlanta and are getting settled now. Jose- 
phine England Redd had her third boy in July 
— 1 hope they meet some of Ann Fauber's girls 
someday. The Redds live in Florence, Ala. 

Barbara Burns Persons has a son who was 
born last February. Last fall she represented 
Atlanta at the Alumnae Council. 

Moving West, I heard from Mary Green 
Borg that Adam Dwight was born last May. 
The Borgs spend every weekend fishing, hik- 
ing and loving their Colorado mountains. 1 
know they must be expert skiers too. Kathie 
Arnold is still working for the Aspen Assoc, 
an offshoot of the Visitors Bureau. 

Donna Pearson Neuhoff is President of the 
SB Club of Dallas and has three daughters. 
She also finds time to take painting lessons. 

I went to visit Caroline Keller Gilliland last 
Thanksgiving— their farm in Louisiana is lovely 
and it was fascinating to see cotton picked. 
The Gillilands have recently been to Mexico 
City for a holiday. Elizabeth will be two in 
May. I also see Vicky Coxe Commander when- 
ever I'm in Jacksonville. She and Charlie have 
three children— Eleanor, 6; Charles, 3; and 
Christopher, 2. Vicky is busy with the Jackson- 
ville Symphony Ball and other Jr. League 
projects, as well as decorating their new 
apartment at the beach. She had a good 
visit with Frances Caldwell down at Ponte 
Vedra last fall. 

Carrie Peyton Walker and Stuart now live in 
Menlo Park, Calif., where Stuart goes to Stan- 
ford Law School. Carrie is teaching sixth 
grade in a nearby Mexican-American commun- 
ity. The Walkers are planning a summer trip 
across the Pacific to Japan and Hong Kong. 
Also in California is Vera LeCraw Carvaillo 
in Costa Mesa where Philippe is working for 
a few years. They will eventually return to 

Pam Larson Baldwin and Monroe are in 
Iowa City after three years in Belgium. Mon- 
roe will finish his urology training. Ginny 
Hamilton Ammons and Davis had a little boy 
last July. Susan Shierling Riegel wrote me 
from Los Angeles where Kurt is at UCLA. 
Susan teaches second grade and their Tanya 
is a third grader. The Riegel s are active en- 
vironmentalists, riding bicycles, etc. Margery 
Fleigh is in San Francisco and is substitute 
teaching this year. 

So many of you asked about breathing 
conditions in New York and I must admit that 
it's getting worse instead of better. Many of 
our class are escaping U.S. pollution for foreign 
territory. Ann Ha r wood Scully and Tucker 
have been transferred to Athens with the 
Foreign Service. They love Greece and especi- 
ally being able to visit many old friends from 
their Beirut assignment. Marshall Metcalf Sey- 
mour and family are not too far away — in 
Zagreb, Jugoslavia, with the Consulate. Marsh 
is studying Serbo-Croatian and dancing and 
taking care of Peter, 2!^. 

Pope Mercur is on an overseas assignment 
with the Army in Rome doing translation work. 
She and her mother have set up an apartment 
and love being back in Italy. Mary Peeples is 
still in Freeport, Bahamas where she is a dec- 
orator. I heard from Nancy Lynah Stebbing 
in Oxford, England. The Stebbing s were in 
South Carolina early last summer but returned 
to England for the birth of Jonathan in Sep- 
tember. Nancy Ayer Beaver and Hal have 
moved to Lausanne, Switzerland where Hal is 
with W. R. Grace. I loved seeing them and 
Darrell in New York just before they left last 

Stephanie Stokes, when last heard from, was 
living in Tokyo, freelancing at several projects, 
writing for American newspapers and study- 
ing some Japanese. All this on a "slow amble 
to Europe." 

1 loved having Christmas cards from every- 
one. Margaret Street Wilson's two boys are 
very grown-up and handsome. 


Sandy Waters, 4911 Water Oak Lane, Jackson- 
ville, Florida. 
Fund Agent 

Connie Williams de Bordenave (Mrs. E. A.) 
RFD 2, Stanley, Va. 22851 


Mary Bailey Izard, '52 

Of Mary B. and the Georgia Conservancy 

"As a result of civic interest stim- 
ulated at Sweet Briar, over the years 
I have delved into education, religion, 
welfare, the arts and other commun- 
ity activities. Yet my greatest plea- 
sures are in the out-of-doors. Per- 
using any natural area, from alpine 
to tropical, and bringing home plants 
to preserve and propagate in my own 
yard are my favorite projects. These 
pursuits complement the interests of 
my spouse and offspring: hunting, 
fishing and riding. 

"All of my previous interests came 
into focus, I believe, as I began to 
recognize that quality of life was a 
common thread in efforts to improve 
the many facets of our environment. 
Certainly, our nationwide efforts to 
achieve better housing, better jobs, 
better health and more racial har- 
mony illustrate our dedication to this 

"If people become aware that their 
lives are intricately bound to and 
totally dependent upon the natural 
world, then they will care. Even our 
societal values and priorities may 
change when we recognize that almost 
every action of every human being 
alters the environment for that per- 
son and for all others. 

"I am glad that Sweet Briar is 

Mary Bailey Izard, y 52: a founder 
of the Georgia Conservancy. 

leading the way in this field, and I 
hope that there will be a tremendous 
response to our national alumnae en- 
vironmental project. How unique and 
challenging it is that our alumnae 
can have an integral part in the in- 
tellectual goals of the College! 

"I have worked with the Georgia 
Conservancy since its inception in 
1967. It sprouted more than two 
years before national publicity fo- 
cused on the fate of our environment. 
It is a citizens' group of more than 
4,000 people. Its principal goals in- 
volve informing the public of facts 
and issues saving special natural 
areas and coordinating the many 
groups who are interested in some 
aspect of conservation. 

"Work with the Georgia Conserv- 
ancy has been rewarding because its 
projects can be scholarly and stimu- 
lating. The people involved have my- 
riad interests. The results of one's 
individual efforts lead to one-upping 
one's neighbor by knowing the zaniest 
and newest conservation demonstra- 
tion, i.e., saving all non-returnable 
glass containers which can ultimately 
be recycled for highway surfaces. 

"Elizabeth Sprague still takes the 
prize in resource conservation : she 
washes her breakfast dishes in the 
boiled egg water!" 


Adeline Allen to Bradford Shinkle IV 
Lorna Allen to Dennis R. Foster 
Melinda Brown to Wayne H. Everett 
Jeanne Brassel to Stephen B. Ford 
Marguerite Chandler to John L. Davis 
Margaret Colbert to Earl B. Brown 
Lani Lee Cooper to Bernard H. Schulte 
Suzanne Edinger to Robert Boas 
Beverly Hay to William I. Hollingsworth III 
Cathryn Hemphill to Archibald W. Shuford 


Anne Hinshaw to Raimond Gary Vender- 

weil Jr. 

Dianne Hunt to Clarence E. Williams 

Elaine Jenks to Terrence R. Emerson 

Barbara Johnson to James E. Prickett 

Ashley Jones to Louis G. Walker 

Maxine Liskin to James K. Leader 

Debby Luby to William R. Hammatt 

Katherine Poer to Harry H. Clendenin 111 

Vicki Pitts to Larry Speir 

Cleveland Smith to Robert J. McNeil 

Susan Somerville to Thomas P. Menson 

Tricia Sparks to John Lyndon 

Gwen Taylor to J. M. Whitaker 

Lisa Walker to James H. Holland, Jr. 

Sue Williams to Grady 

Cecilia Williamson to E. Andrews Grin stead 


Laurinda Wright to Charles A. Porter 


Katherine to Wayne and Sally Paradise 


Mathew Alan to Frank and Janie Johnson 

Jocelyn to Gay lord and Marilyn Givens 

Kathleen Elizabeth to David and Francine 
Frate McNeill 

Cathleen Anne to Jeremiah and Lynne 
Gardner Miller 

Amy to Barret and Pam Burwell Benton 

Clayton to Hyatt and Andree Williams Wight 

A quick survey would indicate that most of 
'68 is still in New England. A cast of thou- 
sands seems to have swarmed into the New 
York area. Ann Biggs, after a stay in Florida, 
has returned to NYC to study at the New 
York School of Interior Design. Leslie Bissell 
Hoopes and Toby are also in the City, where 
Leslie is working for a magazine. Susan Bokan 
is back in NY too, after wandering in Europe. 
Kathy Cooley Ma her is Executive Secretary to 
the headmaster of the Town School. She is 
working with Cecelia Newberg Steingold, who 
is teaching there. Addie Russo is continuing her 
French studies while doing volunteer work at 
the Metropolitan Museum. Julie Seibels North- 
up and Fred moved to New York where Fred 
is at the General Seminary and doing clinic 
work at Bellevue. Julie is a health planner 
for the city. Noni Keen is engaged to be 
married this spring to a boy she met at 
UNC, but is living in NYC until then. Anne 
Kinsey Dinan and Terry, New Yorkers, are 

planning another vacation to Europe in the 
near future. Barrie Trimingham is living well 
in her 87th St. Apt. and is on the editorial 
staff at Random House. We had a rendezvous 
in NYC this summer and again in Paris where 
we were accosted by an overzealous guitar 
player in Les Holies. They were quite sur- 
prised when Bear retorted in her excellent 
French and I threw a loaf of bread with per- 
fect aim at the intruder. Dede Leland Mercuri 
and Rick are in Syracuse, N.Y. Dede's working 
toward her masters in education while Rick 
works for Onodoga Savings Bank. They re- 
cently bought a house with a huge back 
yard for their St. Bernard. Mary Matheson 
has a new apartment in NYC and plans to 
spend some time there, once she returns 
from her Galapagos Islands trip in Feb. Ton! 
Wikswo's still at Syracuse getting her grad 
degree in music and having a great time. 
Melinda Brown Everette married Wayne in 
Aug. '70. Phoebe B runner and Cecelia Bryant 
were bridesmaids. Melinda has settled down 
as senior public information specialist for the 
NY State Narcotics Control Commission. They 
are living in Troy while Wayne gets his M.S. 
in engineering. 

In Boston Franny Bonney is teaching and 
Genie Carr is a feature writer for the Sunday 
magazine of the Boston Record American- 
Sunday Advertiser. She spent 3 weeks in 
England this summer, but is now back sharing 
an apartment with E'beth in Brighton, Mass. 


Pam McConnell Post is living in the Cambridge 
area where she is going for a masters in 
child study at Tufts. Her spouse works for 
Boston Model Cities and has big plans for 
starting a day-care center. She writes that 
she sees a lot of Pam Browning and other 
SB friends in Boston, including Nancy Hickox 
and Camilla Reid. E'beth McMullen still works 
for John Hancock and is getting in lots of 
traveling time. Coo Prettyman Smith and hus- 
band are both teaching in Milton, Mass. 
Debby Luby Hammatt is in the same line and 
teaching 2nd grade in Amherst, Mass. with 
husband Bill. The Hammatt's are planning a 
motorcycle jaunt across the country in June. 

In Connecticut Jane Dedman returned from 
her Sierra Leone stint in the Peace Corps in 
November after a tour of Europe, and re- 
portedly is going to work in publishing. Susan 
Sommerville Menson and Tom have just bought 
a 200 year old house in Suffield after their 
Nov. '70 wedding. Suzanne Edinger Boas and 
Rob are in Hartford where Susie is busy in 
the personnel Dept. of Aetna Life and Casualty 
Co. Susie Hinner Brown is still in her lovely 
Wilmington home with Dick. Susie is working 
as a bookkeeper for a real estate firm and 
plans to quit in March for a sojourn in Florida. 
Pat Mountrey Neely and John are in Rhode 
Island. In Pennsylvania, Jane Barnes Newby 
writes that Rick is finishing his doctorate 
soon and has accepted a job with Westing- 
house Research so they will be staying in 
Pittsburgh. Steph Bredin Hyland and Doug 
are now living in Kennett Square and she 
had a baby around Christmas. Also in the 
area, Gina Rulon-Miller is currently in Philly 
taking courses at Temple. 

In the Capital, Lynne Cooley Roberts and 
husband Richard have fixed up a 100 year 
old house in Georgetown. He teaches and 
both do lots of travelling in the summer. Lib- 
by Harvey writes that she is still working for 
the American Chemical Society in D.C. Mary 
Gress has passed her pre-lims in physical 
chemistry and is on her way to that doctorate. 
Kay Eckert was a stewardess for Pan Am and 
is now in D.C. near Mary, getting her masters 
in education at G.W. Jennie Lyons Fogarty 
and John have moved into their new home in 
Maryland with their little girl. John is still 
press secretary to Senator Charles Mathias. 
The Fogarties took a well-deserved vacation to 
Vermont after much campaign work in the 
fall. Carter Hunter reports that she is going 
to grad school at American Univ. for a degree 
in education counselling. Close by, Ellen 
Wakefield Ottenritter is happily involved with 
getting settled in their new home. Lynne 
Gardner Miller gave birth to a baby in June 
and is now in Norfolk with her Navy husband. 
Donna Edgerton, in Arlington, Va. with Carter, 
does programming for the Navy and is about 
to start travelling around the country on a 
promotional tour to organize a new nationwide 
payroll and personnel program for the Navy. 
Francine Frate McNeil is living in Charlottesville 
with husband David and a new baby girl. 

In the Southern region, Jeanne Forsyth 
Powell is working for a bank while Ben is still 
in Med School. They're planning a big trip to 
Europe soon. Martha Bennett is teaching high 
school and recently returned from the old 
stomping grounds where she attended the 
SBC Environmental Workshop. Had a heck of 
a time when Jordan's broke down — 3Vi 
hours from Lynchburg to SBC. Courtney Cash 
is also in Atlanta and was living with Barbara 
Johnson Prickett until Barbara got married. 
Barb is working as an administrative assistant 

to a large Atlanta bank and she and Jim have 
just moved into a lovely new home. Anne 
Stoddard Newman and John finished a year 
with VISTA in the Southwest, but have moved 
to Atlanta where John's in the service as a 
legal clerk. He has done some work on the 
My Lai trials. Anne is a reference librarian at 
the Atlanta Public Library. 

Down here in Gator country Cecelia Bryant 
gave up her teaching career (sex ed) when one 
of her 7th graders asked her if "Virgin" was 
Mary's first name. She's now in law school 
here at Florida. Pam Bur well Benton and 
Barrett were joined by baby Amy this fall 
in Astor, Fla. Janie Johnson Stanek and Frank 
are in Pensacola with their new baby boy, 
born this past December. 

Farther North, Beirne Minor is living at home 
and going to law school at Wake Forest. 
Dianne Mitchell McGauley's son Michael will 
be two years old soon. She's still living with 
her two Michales in Tennessee. In South Caro- 
lina Marilyn Givens Gasque wrote that Gay- 
lord is now out of the Army and attending 
U. of S.C. They just had a beautiful little girl 
in April of '70 and are living in Columbia. 
Betsy Wolfe is also in Columbia having just 
completed her masters in psychology at the 
U. of S.C. She is doing testing for HEW and 
is president of the local SB Club. 

Digging themselves out from under the win- 
ter storms at the time of this writing are 
Adaline Allen Shinkle and Brad, who are liv- 
ing in Wayzata, Minn. Also in the Midwest 
are Ann Peterson Becker and John, who have 
a new bady. Ann worked for child welfare 
until the arrival. Vicki Pitts Speir and Larry 
are living near Ann in Sharonville, Ohio. In 
New Orleans Sally Massey has reportedly been 
recently married. Bonnie Pitman has arrived 
at Tulane for grad school. Ann Stupp writes 
that Marianne Schultz Gait is president of the 
St. Louis SB Club. She also has a part-time 
bookkeeping job for a new parochial school, 
and along with Jacky Israel Blakeslee is doing 
Junior League work. Her husband Sandy is 
now out of the Army and is busy in local law 
firm. Jacky and husband Peter moved to St. 
Louis last June after Peter completed his Air 
Force duty. He is associated with a brokerage 
firm and she has resigned from teaching kin- 
dergarten. Kathy Israel Mathews also has re- 
turned to St. Louis and was doing some winter 
job hunting at last report. My great assistant, 
Ann Stupp, back from five and one half 
months in Europe has been doing some volun- 
teer work, but loves being retired. She spent 
three weeks in the Bahamas in January and 
then flew to SBC for the Environmental Con- 
ference, which she applauded unendingly. 

The pioneer spirit has descended on a few 
of '68 who have taken off for the West. 
Barbara Baur Dunlap and Charlie have bought 
a house in Arizona after Charlie finished with 
the Army. Patty Skarda writes from Austin, 
Texas that she is working on her Ph.D. at the 
University. She received a NDEA fellowship 
up until Aug., '72, and teaches undergrad 
courses while counselling students in an off- 
campus coed dorm. Lisa Walker Holland is 
programming computers in Austin while Jimmy 
is getting his architecture degree. They planned 
a trip to No. Carolina this summer to be in 
Katy Hemphill's wedding. Andree Williams 
Wight and Hyatt are still career Army people. 
They've moved into a new home in El Paso to 
make room for new baby Clayton. In Colo- 
rado, Rickey Hendricks Whitelaw and Keith 
have moved from Nashville, where he attend- 
ed Vanderbilt law, to Denver. Keith will be 
completing his studies there while Rickey 

teaches. They are planning to settle there as 
are Penny Oliver Buchingham and Lew who 
are in the investment business. Jeanne Brassel 
Ford married her old Eli, Steve and is living 
out his patriotic sentence with the U.S. Army 
in an unsunny spot in sunny California. Tonia 
McNeil has been in Boston, but was planning 
to return to California last February according 
to those who saw her at the Environmental 
Conference at SBC. Sally Paradise Haase and 
Skip have joined the Stanford community 
where he has a fellowship for his Ph.D. Sally 
just had her first little girl. Suzanne Torgan 
received her masters in math at Cal. State in 
'69 and she's now working as a mathmetician 
for the Naval Undersea Research Center in 
Pasadena. She announced her engagement, 
with a date set for May, '71, to an engineer 
with Humble Oil. Lani Lee Cooper Schulte was 
married to Buzz in Sept. '69 in Los Angeles. 
She met him in Boston while working there. 

Several members of the class have tempo- 
rarily (?) expatriated. Julie de Coligny is 
working for Bank of America in Amsterdam 
and really loves her job. She gets in a good 
deal of traveling, and evidently had an especi- 
ally interesting time on a barge trip last 
summer, but managed to spoil everything with 
a broken leg. Francie deSaussure Meade and 
David are stationed in Germany. Adrienne 
Hall, back in Scotland, won all sorts of medals 
and prizes at St. Andrews for achievement in 
math. She's now doing grad work at the U. 
of Newcastle. Because her tutor is doing work 
at Penn next year, she'll probably be coming 
here with him as it's very unusual to change 
advisors in mid-stream. Elizabeth Sanford 
worked as a site supervisor on Brown's 
archeological excavation in Southern Italy. This 
year she finished the requirements and her 
thesis for a masters in classical archeology 
from Brown. She's presently at London's In- 
stitute of Archeology working toward a degree 
in the conservation and restoration of art and 
archeological material. Michal Twine returned 
from Europe for a short visit in New York, 
and then was off to the European ski areas to 
get a job near the winter slopes. Amy 
Thompson McCandless and Peter are in London 
doing research on their Ph.D. dissertations. Jo 
Fox Rolfson is reportedly working with some 
Indian artists perfecting her already unusual 
technique. And farthest away of all is Ann 
Banks Herrod and Hank who are living a 
very "healthy" existence in Australia where 
Hank is working for a laboratory. Linda 
Mallon Pingle and Rex have a son and are 
now back in the U.S. after spending some time 
in Europe. 

Word has it that Shelby Dudley is getting 
married in March. Brenda Darden Kincaid and 
Doug are almost out of the Air Force. They 
have a daughter, Julie. Tricia Sparks is now 
Mrs. John Lyndon. After finishing with the 
Navy, John is continuing his college work. 
Blair Walker Lawrence and Bobby have just 
had a baby boy. I have been told that Betsy 
Allison was married in December but don't 
have her married name. And since I easily 
group myself with the miscellaneous category, 
I can say that my plans are indefinite at best. 
I graduate from this place in two weeks 
(Hurrah!) and then after taking the Bar will 
head out to Vail for an extended vacation. 
Am eventually going to interview in Denver 
and D.C. but with the celebration I am going 
to throw after my last class my resume won't 
count for much (not that it does anyway). 
Had a great summer studying law in London 
but have been suffering from adolescent sen- 
ioritis ever since. 


Sweet Briar College Riding Program 

Summer Riding Course 

June 13, 1971 » July 10, 1971 

S 130 Contemporary Riding and Schooling 

One unit credit 

Prerequisite: Intermediate riding level 
and permission of Mr. Cronin. Fac- 
ulty, staff, friends of Sweet Briar 
are eligible if they meet the entrance 

Description: This is a four-week 
course emphasizing the students' de- 
velopment in dressage sportif, jump- 
ing, and cross-country riding with an 
introduction to schooling horses and 
horse science. Daily for five days: 
one-hour lecture and four hours 
mounted work; individual project on 
the sixth day. The sixth day of each 
week will consist of a competition or 
special individual mounted work and 
individual study. A bibliography on 
contemporary riding and schooling 
theory corresponding to the mounted 
work and to the lectures will be as- 

signed. A library paper related to 
the course on a subject selected by 
the student will be required. Consid- 
erable individual attention will be 
feasible with an enrollment of from 
six to eight students. A guest instruc- 
tor will work with the students one- 
half day per week. 

Each student will be assigned two 
horses suitable to his or her level 
and goals for the course and will be 
responsible for grooming his (her) 
horses and cleaning his (her) tack. 
Facilities: Full facilities for schooling 
on the flat, jumping, and cross- 
country are available exclusively for 
the course. The College has a good 
library for individual study. Tennis 
courts and a lake for swimming will 

be available to the students in this 

Fees: Fees for the riding facilities, 
Sweet Briar horses, and instruction 
will be $300 for the four weeks. Com- 
petition expenses, if applicable, and 
other expenses are the students' re- 
sponsibility. Arrangements for bring- 
ing your own horse instead of using 
one of the College's horses may be 
made with the Director. Lodging at 
the College: $35 per week. Breakfast 
and lunch : $25 per week. 

For further details and an appli- 
cation blank, please write to Paul D. 
Cronin, Director of Riding, Sweet 
Briar College, Sweet Briar, Va. 

Application deadline: May 21, 



62nd Sweet Briar College 

May 30, 31, June 1, 1971 

Reunion Classes 

1911 (60th) 
1916 (55th) 
1921 (50th) 





1946 (25th) 





These three classes 
will be guests 
of the College 

Tentative Schedule 

Sunday, May 30 
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 
10:30 a.m. 
6 p.m. 

Monday, May 31 
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
10 a.m. 
12:30 p.m. 
3-4 p.m. 
5:30-6:30 p.m. 
6:30 p.m. 
8:15 p.m. 

Tuesday, June 1 
10 a.m. - 12 noon 
12:30 p.m. 


Commencement (in Quadrangle, weather permitting) 

Class picnics and election of officers 


Program: Sweet Briar Today 

Luncheon with recognition of reunion classes 

Faculty open houses 

Cocktail party: Honoring President Pannell 

Dinner : Honoring President Pannell 


Alumnae College: "Gender for Tomorrow" 
President's luncheon in Boxwood Gardens 


SUMMER 1971 

Volume 41, Number 4. Summer 1971 

Editor: Elizabeth Bond Wood, '34 

Associate Editor: Catharine Fitzgerald Booker, '47 

Design: Diane DeLong Fitzpatrick, '69 

Class Notes Editor: Mary Hughes Blackwell 

1 A Scholar and Leader of Men 

by Nancy St. Clair Talley, '56 
6 "Work is What Keeps People Young" 
12 Sweet Briar Adopts 4-1-4 Plan 

16 Sweet Briar Honors Mary Huntington 

Harrison, '30 
by Anne Gary Pannell 

17 Are Americans Losing Faith in Their 


33 Sweet Briar in 1971: Don't Lose Faith! 

by Alix Sommer, '71 

34 Sweet Briar: 1967-1971 

by Claire Kinnett, '71 

36 Into the Seventies with the Class of 1970 

37 Letters to the Editor 

38 ". . . The Scenery is a Whole World Nicer" 

by Charles Y. Caldwell, III 

39 Life in a Woman's College 

by Bruce B. Hopkins 

40 Class Notes 

On the Cover: 

Sweet Briar's new First Family. From left to 
right: Maclin Whiteman, Yale '72; Priscilla 
Whiteman, Yale '74; Dr. Whiteman, Yale '41; 
Mrs. Whiteman, Vanderbilt '46; and 
Bart Whiteman, Yale '70. 

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A Scholar and 
Leader of Men 

by Nancy St. Clair Talley, '56 

The new President of Sweet Briar 
College, who has worked in higher 
education administration since 1948, 
entered his field partly because of the 
men he knew as an undergraduate, 
and partly because of the man he is. 

"In the beginning the appeal of ad- 
ministration was for me a personal 
one, because of the administrators I 
had known," said Dr. Harold B. 
Whiteman, Jr., leaning back in his 
desk chair and looking thoughtfully 
at the ceiling of the bright office he 
has since left behind at New York 
University. "I admired and respected 
such administrators as Paul Cruik- 
shank of the Taft School, Robert 
French, the Chaucerian scholar and 
Yale master, and Norman S. Buck, 
economist and Dean of Freshmen at 
Yale. I fashioned my aims upon doing 
what they did. 

"Once I worked in administration, 
I found I enjoyed seeing what I could 
do to help others, and to help others 
help themselves, when they were in a 
jam. My work started with personnel 
and counseling, and progressed to the 
institutional side of administration. 

"Then, after some time teaching 
and working in administration to- 
gether, I found I am more of a people 

person than a book person. I enjoy 
administration more than research or 

Although Dr. Whiteman's career in 
administration began officially when 
he became Assistant Dean of Fresh- 
men at Yale University in 1948, his 
career as a leader began as far back 
as his years at the Taft School, where 
he was head monitor, a position equiv- 
alent to the head of student govern- 
ment, and where he was graduated 
cum laude in 1937. His double talent 
in leadership and scholarship show 
in his record at Yale University and 
in his later career at the Taft School, 
Vanderbilt University, Yale Univer- 
sity and New York University. 

The son of Harold Bartlett White- 
man, a New Yorker who died when 
his two sons were quite young, and 
Emma Anderson Whiteman, whose 
father had been a prominent Tennes- 
see judge, Dr. Whiteman was born 
April 22, 1920, in Nashville, Tenn. 
He attended Montgomery Bell Aca- 
demy there before going to Taft in 
1934. At Yale University he more 
than fulfilled his preparatory school 
promise. He was graduated in 1941 
with High Orations, or magna cum 
laude, and Departmental Honors in 

International Relations. His senior 
thesis, Neutrality, 1SU1, was selected 
for publication. He was captain of the 
Varsity Football team, president of 
the Undergraduate Athletic Associa- 
tion, and deacon, or governing board 
member, of University Chapel. He 
was a member of the Varsity Debat- 
ing team and of Dwight Hall, the 
University Christian Association. He 
was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and to 
the Aurelian Honor Society. He be- 
longed to Delta Kappa Epsilon and to 
Scroll and Key, the senior society. 
During all four undergraduate years 
he helped to support himself working 
at the student laundry, of which he 
was manager his senior year. 

Such success naturally made him 
consider the academic life as a career, 
and during his senior year at Yale he 
was engaged to teach at the Taft 
School. This was in 1941, however, 
and even those without Dr. White- 
man's strong interest in international 
relations saw that war was imminent. 
Instead of teaching, therefore, Dr. 
Whiteman accepted a job with Tan 
American Airways - Africa Ltd., 
knowing in June that if war was de- 
clared the whole operation would be 
mobilized into the United States 

As Captain of the Varsity Football 
Team at Yale, Dr. Whiteman was 
photographed according to tradition 
on this fence. 

Edith Uhler Davis and Harold B. Whiteman, 
in the summer of 1946. 

Jr., were married in Nashville 

Army. Several months after Pearl 
Harbor this was accomplished, and by 
the end of the summer his position as 
administrative assistant in public re- 
lations, personnel and recreation had 
become that of an army officer. Never 
a pilot, although he learned to fly, he 
was in charge of public relations, 
personnel and recreation for the whole 
wing, from Karachi to Cairo, for 
three years. He felt, however, that 
the war was passing him by. During 
this time he applied for a transfer to 
military government. It was, ironi- 
cally, on VJ Day that his request was 
granted. After a course of some six 
weeks at U. S. Military Government 
School in Charlottesville he was as- 
signed to the military government of 

Although Syngman Rhee had a 
Korean government in exile, Korea 
had been officially since 1911 a part 
of Japan, and qualified therefore as 
occupied enemy territory for which 
the military take civil responsibility 
for the functions of government when 
hostilities cease. Dr. Whiteman was 
assigned to the Transport Division, in 
charge of ships, the railroad, and two 
small airplanes. He was discharged 
as a Major in 1946. 

It was while he was on leave before 
Korea that he met his bride-to-be. 
Edith Uhler Davis was "the little girl 
down the street, two blocks and five 
years away," when Captain Whiteman 
returned from Africa. The conversa- 
tion with his mother then was, he 

said, classic. "Well, Mother, who's 
left in town?"— "There's Edith Davis, 
you remember." — "Oh, come on, 
Mother, she's a baby." — "You've been 
away long enough for her to grow 

So she had, and after a handful of 
dates and a courtship by overseas post 
from Korea, they were married as 
soon as he returned, in the summer of 
1946. They lived first in Watertown, 
Conn., where the Taft School needed 
a mathematics teacher and corridor 
master. "Math had always been easy 
for me, although I had few college 
math courses and did not plan to 
teach mathematics," Dr. Whiteman 
said. Then his blue eyes twinkled. 
"This was, you understand, before 
the New Math. 

"I looked to Taft as a test period," 
he went on seriously, "to see if I 
liked teaching. I thought I would 
spend three or four years in this 
trial time. But I did like it right 
away, and I knew this was what I 
wanted to do, so I went back to grad- 
uate school." 

Dr. Whiteman spent two summers 
and one full term as a teaching fellow 
in political science at Vanderbilt Uni- 
versity in Nashville, where his wife 
as an undergraduate had been elected 
Miss Vanderbilt. At Vanderbilt, there 
was no course offered in International 
Relations after the M.A., and upon 
being awarded that degree Dr. White- 
man had to look elsewhere. Fortune 
smiled; the Dean of Freshmen at 

Yale needed an assistant. From 1948, 
then, until 1964, the Whitemans lived 
in New Haven. 

At Yale Dr. Whiteman combined 
administration with his studies toward 
the Ph.D. degree. From 1948 to 1954 
he was Assistant Dean of Freshmen, 
and he succeeded Steven Buck as Dean 
of Freshmen in 1954. For three years, 
from 1954 to 1957, he combined this 
position with that of Dean of Under- 
graduate Affairs, overseeing all the 
campus extracurricular activities. In 
1958 he earned the Ph.D. degree. Even 
before that he had begun to join to- 
gether once more his calling to lead 
and his calling to teach. As Lecturer 
in History from 1954 to 1964, he 
taught American Foreign Policy. In 
1962, because the program specifically 
for freshmen was being absorbed and 
reorganized into and along with that 
of the upperclassmen, Dr. Whiteman's 
title became Associate Dean of Yale 

With the appointment as Assistant 
to the President at New York Uni- 
versity, in 1964, Dr. Whiteman's work 
became less student-oriented. For two 
years in general administration he 
dealt with the faculty, the deans, the 

alumni; with finances; with reams 
and reams of paper. It was what he 
termed a "much wider-based job." 

In 1966, the Dean of Men at New 
York University retired, and the Vice 
President for Student Affairs re- 
signed. For a year Dr. Whiteman 
moved into the student's arena as As- 
sistant to the President for Student 
Affairs, dealing with the whole range 
of student life outside the classroom. 
"It was a very interesting time," Dr. 
Whiteman said. "After that, I became 
Assistant Chancellor for Student Af- 
fairs [1967-1969] and Vice Chancellor 
for Student Affairs [1969-1971] with 
approximately the same duties." 

As Professor of History at New 
York University, Dr. Whiteman 
taught the Introduction to American 
Government, as he had done at Van- 
derbilt, and on the graduate level 
Diplomatic History, as he had done at 
Yale on the undergraduate level. In 
1965, Yale University Press published 
Charles Seymour, Letters from the 
Paris Peace Conference, edited by Dr. 
Whiteman. Dr. Whiteman has in pro- 
cess an article on Norman H. Davis 
for A Diplomatic Gallery, scheduled 
for publication in honor of Samuel 

F. Bemis, the Yale authority in Dip- 
lomatic History. Also in progress is 
the revision of his dissertation, Nor- 
man H. Davis and the Search for In- 
ternational Peace and Security, 1917- 
1944, for possible publication in the 
Yale Historical Series. 

Dr. Whiteman's interest in diplo- 
matic history, particularly in the 20th 
century, is perhaps augmented by his 
wife's background. Edith Davis is the 
granddaughter of Norman H. Davis, 
Undersecretary of State under Wood- 
row Wilson, Ambassador-at-Large un- 
der Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Presi- 
dent of the National Red Cross at the 
time of his death in 1944. He founded 
the Woodrow Wilson Memorial in 
Staunton, Virginia, Wilson's birth- 
place, of which both Mrs. Whiteman's 
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Maclin Pas- 
chall Davis of Nashville, are trustees. 
Mrs. Whiteman's volunteer work with 
the Red Cross was fostered by the 
memory of visits to Washington to 
see her grandfather. She has been a 
Nurse's Aide, and is active particu- 
larly with the Blood Bank program, 
which she started as a student pro- 
gram at Yale and worked with in 
Nashville and New York. 

Confrontations between New York University students and Dr. Whiteman were frequent. He was Vice Chancellor 
for Student Affairs at the time of his resignation there. 

New York policemen and Mr. Whiteman check student ID 

Mrs. Whiteman's other major in- 
terest is choral singing. She sang 
with the Junior League choral group 
in New Haven, and in New York with 
the St. Cecelia Chorus, a group she 
says modestly was better than she and 
therefore a tremendous pleasure. She 
taught dancing at camp and at Van- 
derbilt, having studied with Sarah 
Jeter in Nashville and with Ted 
Shawn of New York. She was last 
year a member of the drama commit- 
tee of the Cosmopolitan Club in New 
York. A crack tennis player, she 
plays regularly — in New York her 
partner was often the Mayor's wife. 

Mrs. Whiteman runs a beach house 
at Martha's Vineyard and a small 
country house in Connecticut, acquired 
when their children were all in school 
nearby. When the Whitemans moved 
from New Haven to Brooklyn 
Heights, the two boys went to the 
Taft School. Later, Priscilla attended 
the Kent School, a former boys' prep- 
aratory school that has for some time 
had a girls' coordinate school, and the 
family moved to downtown New York. 
All three children followed their 
father to Yale. Bartlett, the eldest, is 

like his father a football player; he 
composes for and plays the guitar. 
Maclin, an undergraduate, is also 
musical, talented in many instru- 
ments. Priscilla, who is pretty like 
her mother, keeps up with the boys in 
studies and in tennis, and the family 
bookshelves are lined with silver cups 
from tournaments. 

Dr. Whiteman has been active in 
each community where he has lived. 
He has been a trustee of Hollins Col- 
lege (1966-1971) and of the Taft 
School (1950-1955). He was from 
1956 to 1962 trustee and president of 
Hamden Hall Country Day School, 
where his children went to kindergar- 
ten before attending New Haven pub- 
lic schools. He was chairman of the 
Advanced Placement Commission of 
the College Entrance Examination 
Board from 1958 to 1960. He is trus- 
tee and Chairman of the Board of 
Berkeley Divinity School in New 
Haven. He is a director of the Epis- 
copal Church Foundation, an inde- 
pendent volunteer group formed to 
raise money for the church and now 
especially for theological education. 
He has been a Fellow of Jonathan 

Edwards College at Yale University 
since 1948, and was from 1948 to 1964 
a member of the Yale Faculty Club, 
which he served as vice president from 
1963 to 1964. He was a member of 
the Kiwanis Club of New Haven, 
1954-1964. A member of the New 
Haven Lawn Club since 1949 and of 
the Brooklyn Heights Casino since 
1964, both tennis clubs, he served on 
the Board of Governors of the former 
from 1960 to 1962. Since 1960 he has 
been a member of the Yale Club of 
New York City. He retains member- 
ships in the Church of Christ in Yale 
University, and in Christ Episcopal 
Church in Nashville. 

Long associated with higher educa- 
tion, on the scene during both the 
"silent" fifties and the almost deafen- 
ing sixties, Dr. Whiteman maintains 
a balanced view of the university in 
today's rapid changes. He began his 
own studies in a time when scarcely 
anyone questioned the value and the 
authority of the university, and he 
has since then encountered the ques- 
tions that have arisen in the class- 
rooms, on the campus ground, in the 
city streets, and outside academia in 
society at large. Particularly at New 
York University he has been in the 
thick of student unrest, and he has 
not lost touch with the students. 
Speaking at a special convocation at 
Sweet Briar early in May, he opened 
with a moment of silence to com- 
memorate the anniversary of the death 
of four Kent State students a year 
before. He asked also that the Ohio 
National Guardsmen who fired the 
shots that killed them be remembered ; 
they were, he said, "confused, harass- 
ed — and I'm sure later on, guilt-bear- 

Dr. Whiteman believes strongly 
that higher education must fulfill its 
own role, not that of other institutions 
in society. "The university must main- 
tain its political neutrality in all is- 
sues except those that directly or 
intimately affect it," he said during 
an interview in New York prior to 
assuming his duties at Sweet- Briar. 
"Such issues might be the draft and 
financial aid to students. 

"The university must resist the 
pressures to identify itself with one 
political group or ideology. Moreover, 
it must not become a pressure group 
on the political scene. We have seen 
just this eventuality happen, usually 
with disastrous consequences." 

Although like many others Dr. 
Whiteman sees a decrease in confi- 
dence in higher education on the part 
of society at large, or at least of some 
segments of society, he finds no cause 
for panic in the situation. "Some of 
today's decrease in confidence will 

probably be a good thing for the uni- 
versity. It will make us review some 
of the things we have been saying or 
doing. Let me explain. 

"First, I think educators have been 
guilty of over-selling their own prod- 
uct. A college degree is not for every- 
one and is not going to make a differ- 
ence in every life. Second, there has 
developed a feeling that the universi- 
ties have been too permissive in al- 
lowing destructive conduct or the 
growth of drug culture. Third, col- 
lege teaching has suffered through too 
much emphasis on research. 

"A fourth factor is today's decrease 
in confidence, on the other hand, may 
not be a good thing for the univer- 
sity. This is the view, on the part of 
the young, that the university is their 
particular chosen instrument. The 
students tried politics with McCarthy 
and found they really weren't wanted. 
Many economic institutions don't yet 
need these young people, in the way 
that farm children used to be needed 
to run the farm, for example. There- 
fore the young look to the university 
as their particular thing, and they 
want to get hold of it and use it to 
change society. They lose patience and 
confidence when they see that the 
university can't be used as a political 

"I have no doubt that the present 
decrease in confidence in higher edu- 
cation will improve the nation's col- 
leges and universities," Dr. Whiteman 
continued. "They will be firmer about 
disruptions; they will tackle more 
vigorously the drug problem; they 
will improve teaching. There must 
be a renewal in realistic expectations 
of higher education: the fundamental 
goal was, and is, to change people, so 
that they can go out and change so- 

ciety. The university itself, as such, 
cannot change society." 

At Sweet Briar, these people are 
young women. Dr. Whiteman sees the 
world opening up before young 
women today as never before. "I be- 
lieve that actually women have a 
greater range of choice in life than 
men do," he said. "First, the college 
educates the woman as an institution, 
because through her it educates her 
whole future family. This may be an 
old-fashioned view, but to me it is 
still appropriate because motherhood 
is something that won't be changed. 
Second, the college educates the 
woman as an individual with all hu- 
man capabilities and interests. If she 
has professional or vocational goals 
it prepares her to follow them, and 
most of all it prepares her to enjoy 
whatever path her life takes, in the 
family or as an individual or both. 
With regard to her role as an in- 
dividual person, current demographi- 
cal studies show that women are mak- 
ing tremendous inroads in every pro- 
fession and calling, even though 
equality is not yet to be reached. And 
so I see not a complete change in 
women's role, but a widening of that 

And what about Dr. Whiteman's 
goals for Sweet Briar College, where 
some of those women of tomorrow 
will be trained? "I hope to seize upon 
Mrs. Pannell's recent statement, that 
the Seventies ought to be the best 
decade in Sweet Briar's history," he 
said. "I shall endeavor to provide the 
resources, the atmosphere and the 
motivation for the students and the 
faculty, who are after all the ones 
who must provide the real work in 
achieving that goal." 

Announcing the end of student 
occupation of a building at NYU. 

At Siveet Briar, May, 1971: the Whitemans and three Sweet 
Briar students. 

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The philosophy of 

Dr. Connie M. Guion 


'Work is 

What Keeps 



"The whole trick is to work at some- 
thing interesting, to love to do it and 
to keep on doing it as long as you 
are capable. As soon as you stop do- 
ing something, you are nothing but a 
carrot. When I can no longer practice 
medicine I will do something else. 
Something creative. A person who 
does nothing is lost. Work is what 
keeps people young." 

Dr. Connie Guion said this when she 
was 81 and working 12 hours a day, 
teaching Cornell medical students, 
practicing clinical medicine, and serv- 
ing as Consultant at the New York 
Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. 

If there be one word that describes 
Dr. Connie's whole being, her life, the 

word is work. The meaning of that 
word was so excellently denned by 
another great teacher and physician 
that we include his thoughts here; 
we believe that Dr. Connie truly be- 
lieved in what Sir William Osier said 
to a group of medical students in 
1903. In part, he said: "I propose to 
tell you the secret of life as I have 
seen the game played, and as I have 
tried to play it myself. You remem- 
ber in one of the Jungle Stories that 
when Mowgli wished to be avenged 
on the villagers he could only get the 
help of Hathi and his sons by send- 
ing them the master-word. This I 
propose to give you in the hope, yes, 
the full assurance that some of you 

at least will lay hold upon it to your 
profit. Though a little one, the master- 
word looms large in meaning. It is 
the open sesame to every portal, the 
great equalizer in the world, the true 
philosopher's stone which transmutes 
all the base metal of humanity into 
gold. The stupid man among you it 
will make bright, the bright man bril- 
liant, and the brilliant student steady. 
With the magic word in your heart 
all things are possible, and without it 
all study is vanity and vexation. The 
miracles of life are with it ... To 
the youth it brings hope, to the mid- 
dle-aged confidence, the aged repose. 
True balm of hurt minds, in its pres- 
ence the heart of the sorrowful is 

lightened and consoled. It is directly 
responsible for all advances in medi- 
cine during the past twenty-five cen- 
turies. . . . Not only has it been the 
touchstone of progress, but it is the 
measure of success in everyday life. 
Not a man before you but is beholden 
to it for his position here, while he 
who addresses you has that honour 
directly in consequence of having it 
graven on his heart when he was as 
you are to-day. And the Master-Word 
is Work, a little one, as I have said, 
but fraught with momentous conse- 
quences if you can but write it on the 
tables of your heart. . . ." 

Dr. Connie knew that Osier was 
speaking to male medical students and 

however much Dr. Connie believed 
and lived Osier's master-word, Work, 
she never accepted his wholly nega- 
tive 19th-century attitude toward 
women in medicine! Indeed, in 1959 
she addressed a conference of the 
American Medical Women's Associa- 
tion, declaring, "Today as never be- 
fore women physicians are in great 
demand and short supply. They are 
needed in private practice, in aca- 
demic and industrial medicine, in re- 
search and in public health and wel- 
fare work." 

Speaking at the dedication of the 
Dr. Connie Guion Building in New 
York in 1963, Laurance S. Rockefeller 
stated, ". . . There remains one facet 

Dr. Guion and Sweet Briar students, April, 1966. 

of Connie Guion's humanity for which 
we can be profoundly grateful. I re- 
fer to the fact that she has shown 
convincingly that women — whatever 
their chosen career or role in life — 
have an ability and a responsibility to 
contribute to our society, the potential 
of which extends far beyond what 
most of us recognize even today. . . . 
To me, Connie Guion epitomizes the 
fullest development of women in our 
society. She was given the opportunity 
for education, lor professional ad- 
vancement and, most importantly, she 
accepted the responsibilities that are 
inherent in those opportunities." 

It was her strong conviction that 
women can maintain both a home and 
a medical practice. She was critical, 
however, of women who spend years 
of medical training only to drop out 
when they marry. "They take the 
time and money and place of someone 
who would stick with it." In 1951 she 
said, "A woman can easily get into 
medical college, and she can get an 
internship depending on her accomp- 
lishments and willingness to work." 

Several years ago when asked how 
she kept up the pace of a 12-hour 
working day, she replied, "I don't do 
anything but work." But that is not 
the whole picture: she enjoyed the 

theatre, she enjoyed riding horseback 
in Central Park, she liked a cocktail 
before dinner, she followed Republi- 
can politics — she was a staunch Re- 
publican; she enjoyed talking with 
young people about their future ca- 
reers, and above all, she loved to fish. 
Every spring she went fishing with 
other "WOWs" — wild old women, as 
she called them. "Not any fancy fish- 
ing," she commented, "I just get into 
an old rowboat, throw the line over 
the side and fish. . . . Contrary to 
rumor, I never speared fish in my life. 
I went to the Virgin Islands, and our 
host had a lot of snorkels. I tried it 
out a few times. But I'm near-sighted 
and I couldn't see the bottom. I go 
fishing every spring in Florida. Small 
streams for small fish. Don't care for 

Dr. Connie would give any sailfish 
a swift and challenging run! "Re- 
sourceful was ever the word for 
CMG," said a Sweet Briar friend, 
adding, "Once during a blizzard in 
New York City Dr. Connie called an 
undertaker to take her to New York 
Hospital in a hearse because 'They 
were outfitted with chains and had 
good drivers.' " With her humor and 
joy of living, Dr. Connie was re- 
sourceful and firm. One night, many 

years ago, she was called to the Union 
League Club, where one of the resi- 
dents who was a patient of Dr. Meara, 
had had a heart attack. At the desk 
she was refused admission. "We don't 
allow ladies above the first floor," said 
the assistant manager. She replied, 
"I'm no lady; I'm a doctor. If you 
don't let me see this patient, you may 
have to call the undertaker. Take 
your choice." She was admitted and 
she worked on her patient until three 
o'clock in the morning. 

The master-word, work, was graven 
on her heart even as a young child 
living on a plantation near Lincoln- 
ton, N.C. The ninth of 12 children, 
she rose early and worked late, help- 
ing the family with farm chores. 
"You can't sleep late on a farm," 
she once remarked, "because the 
chickens and cows won't let you." 
With scholarship aid and help from 
her older sisters, Connie Guion en- 
rolled at Wellesley, graduating in 
1906. In order to help her younger 
sisters finance their college education, 
she postponed her medical education 
for seven years and went to work: 
teaching chemistry at Vassar for two 
years and teaching chemistry and 
physics at Sweet Briar for five years. 
She was 35 years old by the time she 
had graduated from Cornell Univer- 
sity Medical College in 1917, ranking 
first in her class. 

She then served a two-year intern- 
ship at Bellevue, the only large New 
York hospital to accept women-interns 
at that time. Surely, Bellevue has 
never forgotten the 5' 3" Dr. Guion: 
she declared the 24-hour ambulance 
duty for interns was "perfectly ab- 
surd." When told, "It's been this way 
for 100 years," she answered, "Well, 
now the century's up." 

Thus ended Bellevue's century of 
24-hour duty. Thus began Dr. Connie 
Guion's half-century in Medicine, a 
full-time career during which she be- 
came known as the dean of women 
doctors: she was the first woman in 
the United States to be appointed Pro- 
fessor of Clinical Medicine; the first 
woman to become a member of the 
medical board of New York Hospital; 
the first woman to be appointed an 
honorary Governor of the Society of 
The New York Hospital; the first 
living woman doctor in whose honor 
a hospital building was named — The 
Dr. Connie Guion Building at New 
York Hospital. "I suspect," she 
laughed, "the Board of Governors only 
named the clinic for me to keep me 
quiet. I've spent 40 years here talking 
about ambulatory medicine and my 
great desire to make clinic care equal 
to, or better than, the care people get 
in hospitals." 


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"Her fondest dream for Sweet Briar 
has been the completion of a science 
building. . . . The Building is 
dedicated in her name as an 
inspiration to all who teach and all 
who learn here." 

— Martha von Briesen 

Dr. Connie on ambulance service, August, 1918. 

At the dedication of this building, 
one of her colleagues described her as 
"a doctor, teacher, civic leader and 
humanitarian, and with all these, she 
is endowed with wit and humor." 
That she was a woman of wit and 
humor is well-known by all her friends 
— and these qualities instantly be- 
came known to a Cornell Professor of 
Medicine during hospital rounds with 
his students. The story is told in a 
Wellesley Alumnae Magazine, 1965 : 
"Dr. Frank Meara once presented the 
class with a difficult diagnostic prob- 
lem to solve. While other students 
remained mutely puzzled, Guion '17 
recited to a classmate in an audible 

'We're neither saints nor Philip 

But mortal men with mortal kid- 
'Nephrosis is correct,' said Dr. Meara. 
Some years later, when he chose Con- 
nie Guion as his assistant in a sub- 
stantial New York medical practice, 
he explained jokingly that he picked 
the one physician he knew who could 
not only make a keen diagnosis, but 
also quote from John Masefield's poe- 

Speaking at Wellesley in 1965, Dr. 
Connie advised the students, "I rec- 

ommend a medical career to you. It 
will give you great satisfaction and 
there will never be a dull moment." 
Medicine was never dull to her; it 
was her life, her love, her work, her 

Her challenge in the 20's was to im- 
prove the poor quality of services and 
care that she saw in the outpatient 
departments. What was needed, she 
believed, to overcome the disparity 
between medical cost and average in- 
come was a clinic where patients of 
moderate income could receive good 
medical treatment without losing their 
self-respect. After surveys made by 
her and other physicians, Cornell 
Medical College in 1922 established 
the Cornell Pay Clinic — a radically 
new idea in this country. New that 
Cornell paid the staff physicians and 
that patients (of moderate income) 
paid a fixed fee. The new system 
offered private physicians first-rate 
diagnostic services to which they 
could refer moderate-income patients. 
To the medical school it provided a 
wide variety of clinical material for 
teaching purposes and self-supporting- 
work for recent graduates who wished 
to continue their studies. 

The Cornell Pay Clinic— Dr. Con- 
nie's idea — was immediately recog- 

"She came to Virginia to teach when 
both she and the College were very 
young. She came keen and eager 
to strengthen education for women in 
the South." 

— President Pannel! 

nized as a forward-looking kind of 
medical and surgical service, and it 
became a model for similar clinics in 
other cities. 

As Chief of Medicine, 1932-1951, 
Dr. Guion pressured for and proposed 
another medical first: "A clinic," she 
explained, "in which the patient would 
be assigned to a staff member and a 
medical student who would serve to- 
gether as the patient's family phy- 
sician. A consultant would assist 
them in making a final diagnosis and 
outlining the treatment needed; after 
which the 4th-year student who was 
designated as 'family doctor' would 
follow the case to its conclusion. . . . 
Such a center of comprehensive medi- 
cine would revitalize the best qualities 
of the old family physician who look- 
ed upon the patient as a person with 
a problem that it was his responsibil- 
ity to help solve." 

Her concept of ambulant medicine 

was adopted, and in 1952 the New 
York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center 
initiated as the new curriculum for 
4th-year students its Comprehensive 
Care and Teaching Program, with 
Dr. Connie Guion as Director. For 
patients, this plan provided consist- 
ant, continuous care in the many 
specialties; for the 4th-year student 
it gave opportunities for him to follow 
the same patient for many weeks. 
(Today, of course, in many medical 
schools the firsUyear students are 
working directly with patients, as Dr. 
Connie's 4th-year students did 20 
years ago.) Dr. Guion and her as- 
sociates at Cornell Medical Center 
must be credited for initiating a new 
kind of teaching program for medical 
students. Cornell's program "stimu- 
lated an interest in research among 
the students, and above all, developed 
a new type of teaching to imbue stu- 
dents with the qualities possessed by 

"She was the embodiment of the pioneer spirit with the will to 
go forward. . . ." 

— President Pannell 

Dr. Guion," said Dr. George Reader, 
who succeeded Dr. Guion as Director 
of the Comprehensive Care and 
Teaching Program. 

Her rare ability as a teacher was 
summed up by another physician at 
the New York Hospital-Cornell Medi- 
cal Center: "Dr. Connie Guion is not 
only a great doctor; she is a gifted 
teacher." A heart specialist said of 
her, "Connie Guion taught me all I 
know." Her medical students at Cor- 
nell over the past four or five decades 
have recognized and attested to her 
splendid ability to teach. 

As a young physician in the 20's, 
Dr. Connie was determined to make 
sweeping changes in clinic care in 
American hospitals. The Guion Build- 
ing at New York Hospital is concrete 
proof of her outstanding success. No 
physician could receive a greater 
tribute than the tribute paid her by 
Laurance S. Rockefeller: "In this day 
of specialties, Dr. Guion remains 
truly a family physician, exemplar of 
the traditions of the great physicians 
of the past, in her knowledge of and 
skill with people. ... In herself, Dr. 
Guion is today's outstanding family 

She came to this by her willingness 
to work. She carried always in her 
heart the magic word by which "all 
things are possible," the magic word 
that kept her young until her death 
this past April in her 89th year. 
Dr. Connie and Sweet Briar 

It was on an April day five years 
ago that the Connie M. Guion Science 
Building at Sweet Briar was dedi- 
cated. Dr. Connie was there, many 
distinguished guests and alumnae and 
friends were there, among them a 
special friend of Dr. Connie's who 
wrote, "Her fondest dream for Sweet 
Briar has been the completion of a 
science building, furnished to enhance 
in every way the academic environ- 
ment of biology, chemistry, and phys- 
ics. The Connie M. Guion Science 
Building, the realization of this 
dream, is dedicated in her name as an 
inspiration to all who teach and all 
who learn here." 

"Never think that dreams don't 
come true," Dr. Guion said at the 
cornerstone ceremony. "Dreams do 
come true. The Sweet Briar we used 
to dream about is here before us to- 
day, as we see the changes made over 
the years. . . ." 

As a young instructor in chemistry 
in 1908, Connie Guion initiated a few 
changes at Sweet Briar, the first be- 
ing a midnight carpentry job: she 
took a saw and cut down the legs of a 
heavy, high lab table, thereby convinc- 
ing a College Trustee of the need to 
equip the lab to her specifications — 
all this in the middle of the night. 


Founder's Day, 1953. Standing on the Golden 
Stairs are: top row — Dean Pearl, Mrs. 
Watkins, President Pannell; second row — 
Miss Howland, Louise Hooper Ewell, Sue 
Slaughter, Eugenia Griffen Burnett, 
Mrs. Dew; third row — Miss Ruby Walker, 
Helen McMahon, Claudine Hutter, Marion 
Peele; front row — Dr. Harley, Dr. Guion, 
Alma Booth Taylor. 

When she found that books ordered 
from Lynchburg arrived weeks late, 
she asked President Benedict's per- 
mission to have the books sent directly 
to her, Connie Guion, and she would 
sell them — thus Connie Guion in 1909 
founded and managed the College 
Book Shop; and when she left the 
College in 1913 she gave Miss Bene- 
dict a check for $1,600, the Book Shop 
profits with which Miss Benedict set 
up a scholarship fund. Connie Guion 
organized the first drama group, the 
Merry Jesters, forerunner of Paint 
and Patches; she also was active in 
setting up the athletic program at the 

"Her guiding spirit has touched the 
life of Sweet Briar in countless 
ways," President Pannell stated at 
the Guion Building dedication in 
1966. "Dr. Guion has never lost her 
interest in this College and its wel- 
fare. She was a leader in the success- 
ful campaign to establish the Mary 
Kendrick Benedict Scholarship in 
1945. She joined the Board of Over- 
seers in 1950 and was named a life 
member of the Board of Directors in 
1956. From 1954 to 1962 she served 
as Chairman of the Board's Develop- 
ment Committee, with responsibility 
for directing both the 50th Annivers- 
ary campaign and the subsequent pro- 
gram of annual giving. . . ." 

Two professorships at Sweet Briar 

were established in Dr. Guion's honor: 
the Rockefeller-Guion Professorship 
in Chemistry, given by several mem- 
bers of the Rockefeller family; and 
the Whitney Professorship in Physics, 
given by Mr. and Mrs. John Hay 

"Her contributions to Sweet Briar 
College as a teacher, a trustee and a 
benefactor have served admirably to 
improve educational opportunities for 
women in the South," stated Presi- 
dent Pannell. "Dr. Guion believes 
firmly in the education of women and 
her life epitomizes this belief. She 
stands as the ideal of the goal toward 
which every woman must aspire — to 
educate herself to the limit of her 
abilities and contribute her talents to 
the betterment of society wherever 
she finds herself." 

Indeed, our Dr. Connie found her 
self — in teaching, in working, in fur- 
thering her belief in education for 
women. On Founders' Day in 1959 she 
ended her talk by saying, "What hath 
it profited that Elijah Fletcher in 
1810 believed in the education of 
women? . . . What hath it profited 
that Indiana Fletcher had the philos- 
ophy of her father and believed in the 
education of women? What hath it 
profited that Indiana Fletcher trans- 
lated her faith into a living, perpetual 
memorial for the education of suc- 

ceeding generations of young women? 
The answer is simple — Sweet Briar 
College! The visible and outward 
evidence is the buildings, the equip- 
ment, the faculty, students, alumnae, 
the Board of Overseers. But more 
important than all these physical en- 
dowments is the spiritual foundation 
underlying our creation by Indiana 
Fletcher and James Henry Williams. 
They willed that their fortune be used 
to prepare women to make a better 
world. . . . 

"What does the future hold? We 
have a future which lures us on with 
confidence because we believe in our 
heritage; we believe in the firm foun- 
dation of today and we know that our 
future stems from the glory of this 
present. Out of our present student 
body our future alumnae will rise ; 
from our present faculty an even 
greater one will develop; to our pres- 
ent Board will be added greater tal- 
ents. The present college standard 
will never fail and it will attract 
more and better students. In our fu- 
ture we shall continue to have the 
courage and perseverance of Mary 
Benedict, of Elijah, and of Indiana 

Now, and in our future as alumnae 
of Sweet Briar College, may we con- 
tinue to have the courage and perse- 
verance of Dr. Connie M. Guion. 
— C.F.B. 


Sweet Briar Adopts 4-1-4 Plan 

Major changes in calendar and cur- 
riculum become effective September, 
1971, for a three-year trial period. 
The 4-1-4 plan consists of a Fall Term 
with 12 weeks of classes and 5 days 
of examinations; a Winter Term of 4 
weeks in January for special courses, 
seminars and individual student proj- 
ects; and a Spring Term with 12 
weeks of classes and 5 days of exami- 
nations. The normal course load in 
the Fall and Spring Terms is 4 
courses, but students may carry 3 to 
5 courses without special permission. 
Each course in the Fall and Spring 
Terms counts as one course unit; the 
Winter Term also counts as one unit. 
The number of class-days for the 
academic year is unchanged, although 
the College opens and closes earlier 
than before. 

Sweet Briar's new plan is the re- 
sult of a year-long study by an ad hoc 
Calendar Committee of four faculty 
members and four students, both 
groups being elected by their respec- 
tive constituencies: Gregory T. Arm- 
strong, Associate Professor of Re- 
ligion, Chairman; Gilberte Van 
Treese, Assistant Professor of 
French; G. Noble Gilpin, Professor of 
Music; John R. McClenon, Assistant 
Professor of Chemistry; Roberta Cul- 
bertson, 73; Jean Chaloux, '72; 
Louise McLaughlin, '71; Deborah Pig- 
man, '71. 

The Calendar Committee published 
its initial recommendations last fall 
in a Report directed to the entire 
Sweet Briar community, including 
alumnae. The Committee's Report, 

quoting the report of the Self-Study 
Committee of 1969-70 prepared for 
the Southern Association of Colleges 
and Schools, stated in part, "In view 
of the nation-wide demand for 'rele- 
vance' in college studies, it is urgent 
that Sweet Briar continue to stress 
curricular innovation and extend the 
possibilities for interdisciplinary 
courses and independent studies. . . ." 

The Calendar Committee Report 
continued, "The Sweet Briar state- 
ment of educational purpose empha- 
sizes the individual, and rightly so. 
The focus of liberal arts education in 
a small college ought to be on the in- 
dividual student, her needs and abili- 
ties, her individual rate of progress. 
Yet in our highly structural curricu- 
lum, this focus is lost. Each student 
jumps the same hurdles to complete 
the course; only a few have truly in- 
dividualized programs. The challenge 
is to recognize varieties of learning, 
to take into account the total setting 
of learning, to explore the possibili- 
ties of learning by doing and of learn- 
ing outside the classroom. According 
to our objectives we are concerned for 
self-initiated learning, independent 
study, and the mastery of different 
forms of learning. The focus must 
be upon the learner; we are called 
upon to take a developmental view of 
the student. 

"It is significant to recognize that 
our students come to us with better 
preparation and in some respects 
more maturity than fifteen or even 
five years ago. At the same time we 
are in the midst of a knowledge explo- 

sion in virtually all disciplines. The 
'how' of learning is much more im- 
portant than the 'what' because no 
one can acquire and retain all knowl- 
edge. The form of learning can be 
just as important as the content when 
we are educating for life and not just 
for a final exam. Such an 'elementary' 
matter as the use of the library is 
significant; obviously the use of the 
computer will soon become as ele- 
mentary or as essential — just as the 
skills of reading and writing have 
always been. 

"If we are to engage the student in 
the full sweep of the learning experi- 
ence and then put her on her own to 
enjoy the excitement of it as well as 
the labor, faculty and students must 
become partners. . . . Only with mean- 
ingful student participation in the 
whole educational program will come 
a truly individualized and liberating 
experience. . . . Sweet Briar is a 
teaching college. Students and faculty 
alike are here to teach and be taught, 
to learn to grow and change. This 
commitment is central to our com- 
munity. When the sense of commit- 
ment is lost sight of either by stu- 
dents or faculty, the sense of com- 
munity is diminished." 

During its year of study, the Calen- 
dar Committee considered reports 
from some 200 colleges where the 
4-1-4 or a similar plan has been in- 
stituted. The 4-1-4 plan "commends 
itself because it retains the basic 
semester division, although shortened, 
and introduces a block of time for in- 
tensive independent study or other 


forms of concentrated, experimental 
use. It offers a place and time in the 
year to innovate while preserving the 
traditional structures too," the Com- 
mittee states. 

"We contend that this calendar 
change, in particular the Winter 
Term, can significantly improve the 
educational process and program at 
Sweet Briar by improving both teach- 
ing and learning. This is our con- 
tention because we are convinced that 
the setting and structures of teaching 
and learning affect the results. The 
possibilities under any given calendar 
are finite; the possibilities under 4-1-4 
seem to the Committee greater than 
the present calendar and in any event 
different. Calendar change will thus 
be the occasion to reexamine what we 
are doing in and out of the classroom, 
the occasion to try new approaches 
to our disciplines and to try to inter- 
relate them more to one another, and 
the occasion to involve the students 
more responsibly in their education. 
We see here the opportunity to pro- 
vide stimulation and motivation for 
the fuller development of the intellec- 
tual potential of the entire College, 
students and faculty. . . . 

"The Committee considers this cal- 
endar a proven alternative to the tra- 
ditional two semesters, one that has 
met with an enthusiastic response at 
many comparable institutions, one 
that offers unusual freedom for new 
ideas in higher education, above all, 
one that will help us better to achieve 
our stated educational objectives." 

In its Report, the Calendar Com- 


mittee considered not only calendar- 
change but also curriculum-change. 
The Committee stated, "It is not pos- 
sible to summarize all the curricular 
trends which are evident in American 
higher education today. However, the 
following seemed to the Committee 
among the more significant: 

1. Reduction or elimination of dis- 
tribution requirements ; 

2. Dropping of language require- 
ments or the meeting of them in one 
academic year; 

3. Dropping of freshman English, 
or with a literature or distribution 
requirement instead; 

4. Emphasis on honors programs; 

5. Flexibility in comprehensive ex- 
aminations or senior thesis require- 
ments ; 

6. Periods of field study or intern- 
ships ; 

7. Independent study; 

8. Exchange of programs with 
neighboring and other institutions; 

9. Travel and study, often in co- 
operation with other institutions; 

10. Various plans for relating the 
parts of a liberal arts education to 
one another in order to give a whole- 
ness and integrity to the course of 

11. Special focus on freshman stud- 

12. Area and/or ethnic studies. 
These trends have been felt at Sweet 
Briar, and the Committee has taken 
them into account." 
FOR THE DEGREE, as approved by 
the Sweet Briar faculty and an- 
nounced by the Office of the Dean. 

Effective September, 1971: 

1. The requirement in English for 
freshmen will be reduced to one 

2. The requirements in foreign lan- 
guage will be as follows: demon- 
stration of competence in a foreign 
language, ancient or modern, at a 
level equivalent to two years of col- 
lege study. Such competence may 
be established by a qualifying ex- 
amination, OR by two course units 
of language study in college at the 
intermediate level or above, OR by 
a score of 600 or better on the Col- 
lege Board language achievement 
test, OR a score of 3 or better on 
the Advanced Placement Test of 
the College Entrance Examination 

3. The requirement in laboratory 
science: one course unit, with lab- 
oratory, in Biology, Chemistry or 
Physics. The present Biology 1, 
Chemistry 1, or Physics will not 
satisfy the new requirement. 

4. The present requirements in the 
fine arts, in literature, in Classical 
Civilization or history or philoso- 
phy or religion, and in social stud- 
ies (3 a, b, c and d) have been 

5. The requirement in Physical Edu- 
cation has been reduced from two 
years to one year. Unless medically 
deferred, freshmen will be expected 
to register for Physical Education 
for the full year. Sophomores 
(Class of 1973) must complete 
Physical Education 11 and 12 or 
make up the deficiency in a subse- 
quent year. 

The transition schedule from the 
present 120 semester hours for the 
degree to 35 course units on the 4-1-4 
calendar will be as follows: 

The academic programs of the mem- 
bers of the Class of 1972 will be eval- 
uated and adjusted by the Dean. The 
Class of 1973 will be expected to pre- 
sent 60 semester hours and 17 courses 
for the degree; the Class of 1974, 30 
semester hours and 26 course units. 
A student who will not have earned 
60 semester hours (Class of 1973) or 
30 hours (Class of 1974) by the end 
of the present year will need to make 
up the deficiency by carrying extra 
course units in subsequent years or 
by attending summer school. 

Courses: English — one course unit, 
taken in freshman year. Foreign lan- 
guage (as explained above). Labora- 
tory science — one course unit with 
laboratory in biology, chemistry or 
physics. In accordance with standard 
practice, a course with laboratory in 
another science, for example geology, 
offered by a student transferring to 
Sweet Briar would be accepted as 
meeting this requirement. 

Unit Requirement: For majors: De- 
partmental — 8 to 12 course units. In- 
terdepartmental or divisional — 11 
course units. Interdisciplinary — 11 
course units. 

For graduation: 35 course units, 
including satisfactory completion of 
4 Winter Term courses of special 
projects. Full-year or first-semester 
studies abroad or at another college 
will be considered as fulfilling the 


Winter Term requirement for that 



January, 1972 

Among the courses proposed for the 
January, 1972, Winter Term are: New 
Trends and New Leaders in Archi- 
tecture; New Media (experimentation 
with synthetic resins in painting, 
printmaking or sculpture) ; Animal 
Hormones; Biology of the Primates, 
Including Man; Science and Human 
Values; Biochemistry for Beginners; 
The Nursery and Kindergarten Child : 
Theory and Practice; The Black Man 
in American Fiction; Theatre Produc- 
tion Workshop; Introduction to the 
Film; Dostoevsky; Introduction to 
Greek Archaeology; Introduction to 
Computer Science; History of Mathe- 
matics; Cours Pratique de Conversa- 
tion; The Literary Impact of the 
Spanish Civil War; Special Project 
in Choral Music; Winter Term in 
Vienna (concerts and lectures in 
Vienna) ; Independent Studies in 
Philosophy; Introduction to Contemp- 
orary Riding and Teaching: Meteorol- 
ogy; Field Study in Psychology; 
Extra-Sensory Perception; Man and 
Time; Directed Reading Programs in 
Religion ; Games and Simulations in 
Economics ; Contemporary Status of 
Women in America; Politics and En- 
vironment; 1905 as a Turning-Point 
in History; Seminar on the Develop- 
ment of American Feminism, 1800- 
1960; Social Analysis of Human 
Sexuality; Sociology of Deviant Be- 
havior; Library Research Methods. 


Sweet Briar Honors 
Mary Huntington Harrison, '30 

by Anne Gary Pannell 
Alumnae Reunion: May 31, 1971 

Three years ago in June I had the 
honor of announcing the establish- 
ment of an award of this College 
which had been named in honor of 
Sweet Briar's first class — the Class 
of 1910 — of which I am happy to be 
an honorary member. On that occa- 
sion every graduate of that class was 
present, and today three members of 
the class are here for their 61st re- 
union. It is wonderful to have them 
here as I again make this award to 
give recognition of outstanding ser- 
vice to this College in a volunteer 
capacity. . . . 

Two other alumnae have received 

Mary Huntington Harrison, '30, of 
Cincinnati, Ohio, received the 
Alumnae Award of Sweet Briar 
College in May, 1971. 

this award. Gladys Wester Horton of 
the class of 1930 was the recipient in 
1970. The first individual to receive 
this was Edna Lee Gilchrist of the 
class of 1926. 

Sweet Briar is blessed with alum- 
nae, many who are here today, who 
are unbelievably generous with their 
gifts of time and resources to this 
College. The Awards Committee, com- 
posed of faculty, administration, and 
alumnae, had many nominations to 
consider for this award of special 
recognition. Although all those nomi- 
nated were eminently qualified, the 
choice of the alumna to be honored 
today was unanimous. 

The opportunity of making this 
award is proof of the fallibility of 
two man-made institutions: academic 
eligibility and the United States 
Postal Service. In the fall of 1928, so 
the story goes, Sweet Briar's Dean 
Emily Dutton, busily performing the 
rituals of the opening days of college, 
was startled to see a certain student. 
In her quite direct manner, Miss Dut- 
ton inquired, "Why are you here?" 

"Why, Dean," replied the student 
in an equally direct manner, "I'm 
here for my junior year, of course." 

Miss Dutton's surprise can be at- 
tributed to the fact that early in the 
summer she had written one of those 
letters beginning, "I regret to inform 
you that the Committee of Eligibility 
has agreed, etc. etc." The student 
was surprised because it seems that 
the post office was having its difficul- 
ties in 1928, as it is now. How for- 
tunate for Sweet Briar it was that 
that optimistic junior had never re- 
ceived the letter and fortunate that 
the Dean could exercise the discretion 
to say, "Well, since you are here, you 
might as well stay and see if on the 

third go-round, you can pass that 
freshman chemistry." 

Stay she did, and pass that fresh- 
man chemistry she did also! Demon- 
strating two outstanding traits wliich 
have characterized her life — her love 
for Sweet Briar and her persever- 
ance in seeing through to a successful 
conclusion anything she starts. 

Since her graduation there is al- 
most no capacity in which this alumna 
has not served her alma mater — and 
always with the level-headed, straight- 
forward manner with which she an- 
swered the Dean that September day. 

She has been head of her local 
Sweet Briar Club many times and 
chairman of its Alumnae Representa- 
tives Committee. From 1940 to 1948 
she was a member of the Executive 
Board, serving as President of the 
Alumnae Association from 1948-50. 
In 1950 she was elected to a six-year 
term as a member of the Board of 
Overseers of Sweet Briar. She was 
an active worker in the 50th anni- 
versary campaign and in the current 
Destiny Program. She organized and 
served as the first chairman of the 
Alumnae Bequest Program. . . . 

Although she has been a leader in 
the cultural and civic life of her com- 
munity, has raised four children and 
travelled with her husband, she al- 
ways found time for Sweet Briar. . . . 

With her propensity for seeing 
things through, the challenges facing 
her beloved alma mater today should 
keep her busy for a long time to 
come. And we should all be thankful 
that the mails didn't get through in 

With admiration and affection, I 
present to Mary Huntington Harri- 
son of the Class of 1930 the Alumnae 
Award of Sweet Briar College. 





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Five years ago the idea would have been absurd. 
Today it is an urgently relevant question . . . one 
that is uppermost in the minds of campus offi- 
cials. For institutions that depend upon public 
confidence and support for their financial wel- 
fare, their freedom, and their continued exist- 
ence, it is perhaps the ultimate question: 



Losing Faith 

in their 



The letters on the preceding two pages typify 
a problem of growing seriousness for U.S. col- 
leges and universities: More and more Ameri- 
cans — alumni, parents, politicians, and the general 
public — are dissatisfied with the way things have been 
going on the nation's campuses. 

"For the first time in history," says Roger A. Free- 
man, former special assistant to President Nixon, "it 
appears that the profound faith of the American people 
in their educational institutions has been shaken, and 
their belief in the wisdom of our educational leaders 
and in the soundness of their goals or practices has 
turned to doubt and even to outright disapproval." 

The people's faith has been shaken by many things: 
campus violence, student protest, permissiveness, a lack 
of strict discipline, politicization of the campus, the 
rejection of values and mores long-cherished by the 
larger society. Complicating the problem is a clash of 
life-styles between the generations which has raised a 
deafening static and made communication extremely 
difficult between students and their off -campus elders. 
(At one meeting not long ago, an angry alumnus turned 
on a student and shouted, "I just can't hear you. Your 
hair is in my ears.") 

How many people are disenchanted, how strongly 
they feel, and how they will act to express their dis- 
content is not yet clear. But there is little doubt about 
the feelings and actions of many political leaders at all 
levels of government. Vice President Spiro T. Agnew 
spoke for many of them: 

"When one looks back across the history of the last 
decade — at the smoking ruins of a score of college 
buildings, at the outbreaks of illegal and violent protests 
and disorders on hundreds of college campuses, at the 
regular harassment and interruption and shouting down 
of speakers, at the totalitarian spirit evident among 
thousands of students and hundreds of faculty members, 
at the decline of genuine academic freedom to speak 
and teach and learn — that record hardly warrants a 
roaring vote of confidence in the academic community 
that presided over the disaster." 

Many state legislators are indicating by their actions 
that they share the Vice President's views. Thirty-two 
states have passed laws to establish or tighten campus 
regulations against disruption and to punish student and 
faculty offenders and, in some cases, the institutions 
themselves. A number of states have added restrictive 
amendments to appropriations bills, thus using budget 
allocations as leverage to bring colleges and universities 
into line. 

A he public has clearly 
indicated displeasure 
with higher education' 

The chancellor of California's state college system 
described the trend last fall: 

"When I recently asked a legislator, '. . . Why did 
the legislature take what appears to me, and to most 
faculty and administrators in the state college system, 
to be punitive action in denying [a] cost-of-living in- 
crease to professors?' — he replied, 'Because it was the 
public's will.' ^ 

"We find ourselves confronted with a situation unlike 
that of any previous year. The 'public,' through the 
legislature, has clearly indicated displeasure with higher 
education . . . We must face the fact that the public 
mood, as reflected in the legislature, has taken a sub- 
stantial turn against higher education overall." 

A similar mood prevails in Washington. Federal sup- 
port of higher education has slowed. Congressmen who 
have been friendly to higher education in the past openly 
admit that they face growing resistance to their efforts 
to provide funds for new and existing programs. Rep. 
Edith Green, chairman of the House of Representatives 
subcommittee that has jurisdiction over bills affecting 
colleges and universities, observed during the last ses- 
sion, "It would be most unwise to try to bring to the 
floor this year a bill on higher education, because the 
climate is so unfavorable." 

. ica's institutions of higher education will be in 
deep trouble. Even with the full confidence of the 
American people, most of the nation's colleges and 
universities would be experiencing financial difficulties. 
Without the public's confidence, it is now evident that 
large numbers of those institutions simply cannot sur- 

Three years ago, the editors of this report published 
a special article on the financial outlook of American 
higher education at that time. The article began: "We 
are facing what might easily become a crisis in the fi- 
nancing of American higher education." And it con- 
cluded: "Unless the American people — especially the 
college and university alumni — can come alive to the 

Copyright 1971 by Editorial Projects for Education, Inc. 

reality of higher education's impending crisis, then the 
problems of today will become the disasters of to- 

Tomorrow has arrived. And the situation is darker 
than we, or anyone else, anticipated — darkened by the 
loss of public confidence at the very time when, given 
the best of conditions, higher education would have 
needed the support of the American people as never 
before in its history. 

If the financial situation was gloomy in 1968, it is 
desperate on most campuses today. The costs of higher 
education, already on the rise, have risen even faster 
with the surging inflation of the past several years. As 
a result of economic conditions and the growing reluc- 
tance of individual and organizational contributors, 
income is lagging even farther behind costs than before, 
and the budgetary deficits of three years ago are even 
larger and more widespread. 

This situation has led to an unprecedented flood of 
appeals and alarms from the academic community. 

► James M. Hester, president of New York Uni- 
versity and head of a White House task force on higher 
education, states that "virtually every public and private 
institution in the country is facing severe financial 

► A. R. Chamberlain, president of Colorado State 
University, sees financing as "the most serious prob- 
lem — even more serious than student dissent — that 
higher education will face in the 1970's." Many state 
legislators are angry, and the budgets of dozens of 
publicly supported colleges and universities are feeling 
the effects of their wrath. 

► The smaller and less affluent colleges — with few 
financial reserves to tide them over a period of public 
disaffection — may be in the direst straits. "We are dying 
unless we can get some help," the president of Lake- 
land College, appearing in behalf of small liberal arts 
institutions, told a congressional committee. He added: 
"A slow death as we are experiencing goes practically 
unnoticed. This is part of our problem; nobody will 
even notice until after it happens." 

(Few noticed, perhaps, the demise of 21 institutions 
reported in the 1969-70 Office of Education Directory, 
or that of several others which have decided to go out 
of business since the directory was published.) 

► Preliminary figures from a study of financial 
problems at the 900 member institutions of the Asso- 
ciation of American Colleges indicate that an alarming 
number of colleges are going into the red. William W. 
Jellema, the association's research director, estimates 

A he situation is darker 
than we — or anyone 
else — anticipated 

that about one-fourth of all private liberal arts colleges 
in the nation are now drawing on their endowments 
in one way or another to meet operating expenses. 

► At least half of the 70 private colleges and uni- 
versities in Illinois are operating at a loss. A special 
commission created to study their fiscal problems 
warned that deficits "threaten the solvency, the quality, 
the vitality — even the survival — of some institutions." 
The lieutenant governor of Illinois predicts that one- 
third of the nation's private colleges may go out of 
existence by the end of the decade, unless state govern- 
ments provide financial assistance. 

► Predominantly black colleges and universities are 
feeling the pinch. The former president of one such 
institution put the problem in these terms: "If all the 
black students at Harvard, M.I.T., Brandeis, and the 
main campus of the University of Virginia were sud- 
denly to drop out of college, there would be headlines 
all over the country. But the number of black students 
who will drop out of my school this year is equal to the 
number of black students at those four schools, and 
nothing will be said about it. We could keep most of 
them for another $500 apiece, but we don't have it." 

Even the "rich" institutions are in trouble. At Yale 
University, President Kingman Brewster noted that if 
the present shrinkage of funds were to continue for 
another year, Yale "would either have to abandon the 
quality of what we are doing, or abandon great dis- 
cernible areas of activity, or abandon the effort to be 
accessible on the merits of talent, not of wealth, or of 
race, or of inheritance." As the current academic year 
began, Yale announced that its projected deficit might 
well be larger than anticipated and therefore a freeze 
on hiring would be in effect until further notice — no new 
positions and no replacements for vacancies. The rest 
of the Ivy League faces similar problems. 

Retrenchment has become a household word 
in campus administrative offices and board 
rooms everywhere. It is heard at every type 
of college and university — large and small, public and 

Photographs by Erich Hartmann, Magnum 



private— and in every part of the country. For example: 

► One morning several months ago, the trustees of 
a member-institution of the prestigious Association of 
American Universities spent several hours discussing 
the eventual necessity of scaling down tb a small-college 

► Saint Louis University has closed its school of 
dentistry and is phasing out its school of engineering. 

► Tufts University has eliminated its school of 

► Case Western Reserve University has terminated 
its graduate physical therapy program. 

► A large university in the South has been forced 
to phase out six Ph.D. programs. 

► Huston-Tillotsoh College has cut back on its 
athletic program, reduced the number of course offer- 
ings, and eliminated several faculty positions. 

► Reed College has taken steps to cut the size of- 
its student body and to raise the student-faculty ratio. 

► A high-priced nuclear reactor at an Eastern state 
university stands idle for lack of research support and 
operational funds. 

The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, president of the 
University of Notre Dame, sums it up this way: "In 
the 25 years that I have been associated with the uni- 
versity ... I can think of no period more difficult than 
the present. Never before has the university taken on 
more tasks, and been asked to undertake many more, 
while the sources of support, both public and private, 
both moral and financial, seem to be drying up." 

The financial situation is nowhere more 
urgent than in the medical schools. Forty- three 
of the country's 107 medical schools are in 
such severe financial straits that they are getting "dis- 
aster grants" from the federal government this year. 

Dr. John Cooper, president of the Association of 
American Medical Colleges, warns that "the whole 
financial structure of our medical schools is gravely 
threatened." He blames cuts in federal funding (which 
provides more than 50 per cent of many medical school 
budgets) as well as inflation and reductions in Medic- 
aid to hospitals. 

Cutbacks in federal programs have also begun to 
erode the quality and effectiveness of academic science. 
Prominent scientists, who are not given to overdrama- 
tizing the facts, have issued urgent warnings. 

Jerome Wiesner, provost of M.I.T. and former Presi- 
dential science adviser, said: "Cutbacks now in scien- 
tific research may cost the nation its leadership in 

science and technology, and its economic well-being 
in the decades ahead." 

Teams of scientists and technicians, painstakingly 
organized over the years, are now being scattered. 
Training and educational programs that provided the 
country with scientific manpower are faltering, and 
some have been forced to shut down. 

Philip Handler, president of the National Academy 
of Sciences, has said: "Our national apparatus for the 
conduct of research and scholarship is not yet dis- 
mantled, but it is falling into shambles." The universi- 
ties are the backbone of that apparatus. When support 
of the universities weakens, science weakens. 

What all this adds up to is a crisis of un- 
precedented proportions for higher educa- 
tion — "the greatest financial crisis it has 
ever had," in the words of Clark Kerr, chairman of 
the authoritative Carnegie Commission on Higher Edu- 

Dr. Kerr's commission recently determined that two 
in every three U.S. colleges and universities were facing 
financial "hard times." Some 540 institutions, the com- 
mission estimated, were already "in financial difficulty"; 
another 1,000 were found to be "headed for financial 

"Serious enough to be called a depression," was the 
estimate of Earl F. Cheit, professor of business admin- 
istration at the University of California, who studied 
higher education institutions of all types for the Car- 
negie Commission and concluded that almost all colleges 
and universities eventually may be in financial difficulty. 
(In the course of his study, Mr. Cheit found that most 
college presidents believed that the loss of public con- 
fidence in higher education was, in large measure, at 
the root of much of the trouble. ) 

Alarms about higher education's financial plight 
have been raised regularly over the years, sim- 
L ply because financial hardship has always been 
a fact of life for colleges and universities. In the past, 
the warnings and admonitions have produced at least 
enough response to provide some monetary relief arid 
to forestall disaster. But the problem has grown steadily 
worse in recent years, and educators are pessimistic 
about the federal government's, or the state legislatures', 
or the alumni's coming to the rescue this time. In fact, 
the turmoil on the campuses and the growing antago- 
nism toward the academic community could result in 
the situation becoming even worse. 


The basic fiscal problem of colleges and universities 
is rather simple. They are nonprofit institutions which 
depend for their income on tuition and fees, interest 
on endowment, private gifts, and government grants. 
Tuition and fees do not cover the cost of education, 
particularly of graduate education, so the difference 
must be made up from the other sources. For private 
institutions, that means endowment income and gifts 
and grants. For state institutions, it generally means 
legislative appropriations, with relatively small amounts 
coming from endowment or private gifts. 

In recent years, both costs and income have gone up, 
but the former have risen considerably faster than the 
latter. The widening gap between income and expendi- 
tures would have been enough in itself to bring colleges 
and universities to the brink of financial crisis. Reduc- 
tions in funding, particularly by the government, have' 
pushed the institutions over the brink. 

Federal support for higher education multiplied 
nearly fivefold from 1960 to 1971, but the rate has 
slackened sharply in the past three years. And the 
future is not very promising. The president of a Wash- 
ington-based educational association said bluntly: "In 
Washington, there is a singular lack of enthusiasm for 
supporting higher education generally or private higher 
education in particular." 

Highly placed Administration officials have pointed 
out that colleges and universities have received a great 
deal of federal money, but that the nation has many 
urgent problems and other high priorities that are com- 
peting for the tax dollar. It cannot be assumed, they 
add, that higher education will continue to receive such 
a substantial share of federal aid. 

Recent actions make the point even more dramatic- 

► The number of federally supported first-year 
graduate fellowships will be nearly 62 per cent lower 
in 1971-72 than in 1967-68. 

► The National Science Foundation has announced 
that it will not continue to make grants for campus 
computer operations. The foundation reports that — 
when inflation is considered — federal funds for re- 
search at colleges and universities declined 11 per 
cent between fiscal 1967 and 1970. 

► The Higher Education Facilities Act of 1963, 
which helped to pay for much of the construction on 
campuses during the past seven years, is being phased 
out. In 1967 the outlay was $700-million; last year 
President Nixon requested no funds for construction. 
Instead he proposed an interest subsidy to prompt insti- 

Xhe golden age: 
"we have discovered that it 
was only gold-plated" 

tutions to borrow construction money from private 
sources. But a survey of state higher education com- 
missions indicated that in most states fewer than 25 
per cent of the institutions could borrow money on 
reasonable repayment terms in today's financial market. 
Six states reported that none of their private institutions 
could borrow money on reasonable terms. 

► The federal government froze direct loans for 
academic facilities in 1968. On June 30, 1969, the 
Office of Education had $223-million in applications 
for loans not approved and $582-million in grants not 
approved. Since then only $70-million has been made 
available for construction. 

► The National Aeronautics - and Space Administra- 
tion has reduced its obligations to universities from 
$130-million in 1969 to $80-million in 1971. 

"Losing federal support," says a university research 
scientist, "is almost worse than never having received 
it." Since much of higher education's expansion during 
the '60's was financed with federal funds, the withdrawal 
of federal assistance leaves the institutions with huge 
commitments and insufficient resources to meet them — 
commitments to faculty, to students, to programs. 

The provost of a university in the Northeast notes 
wistfully: "A decade ago, we thought we were entering 
a golden age for higher education. Now we have dis- 
covered that it was only gold-plated." 

Much the same can be said about state funds 
for public higher education. The 50 states 
appropriated $7-billion for 1970-71, nearly 
$ 1-billion more than in any previous year and five 
times as much as in 1959-60. But a great part of this 
increase went for new facilities and new institutions to 
accommodate expanding enrollments, rather than for 
support of existing institutions that were struggling to 
maintain their regular programs. Since public institu- 
tions are not permitted to operate with fiscal deficits, the 
danger is that they will be forced to operate with quality 

"Austerity operations are becoming a fact of life for 

a growing number of institutions," says the National 
Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Col- 

Many public institutions found their budgets cut 
this year or their requests for capital funds denied or 
reduced. Colorado State University's capital construc- 
tion request for this year was cut from $ 1 1 .4-million to 
$2.6-million in the face of projected enrollment increases 
of 3,600 juniors and seniors. 

As state support has started to level off, public in- 
stitutions have begun to raise tuition — a move that 
many feel is contrary to the basic philosophy of public 
higher education. The University of California is im- 
posing a tuition charge for the first time in its history. 
The University of Illinois has boosted tuition by 60 
per cent. Between 1959 and 1969, tuition and required 
fees doubled at public institutions. 

Tuition in public institutions still does not approach 
tuition in private colleges and universities, which is now 
nearing $3,000 in many places. At these levels, private 
institutions are having increasing difficulty attracting 
applicants from middle-income families. Many small 
liberal arts colleges, which depend on tuition for as 
much as 80 per cent of their income, are losing students 
to less expensive public institutions. Consequently, 
many smaller private colleges reported vacancies in 
their entering classes last fall — an indication that they 
may be pricing themselves out of the market. 

Private giving is not likely to take up the slack; quite 
the contrary. The tax reform laws, recent declines in 
corporate profits, pressures to redirect resources to such 
pressing problems as environmental pollution, and the 
mounting unrest on the campuses have all combined to 
slow the pace of private giving to colleges and univer- 

The Commission on Foundations and Private 
Philanthropy concluded that "private giving is simply 
not keeping pace with the needs of charitable organi- 
zations." The commission predicted a multibillion- 
dollar deficit in these organizations by 1975. 

Colleges and universities have been working harder 
in their fund-raising efforts to overcome the effects of 
campus unrest and an ailing economy. Generally, they 
have been holding the line. An Associated Press survey 
of some 100 colleges throughout the country showed 
that most schools were meeting fund-drive goals — in- 
cluding some which experienced serious student disrup- 
tion. Although the dollar amount of contributions has 
risen somewhat at most schools, the number of contrib- 
utors has declined. 

J. he consequences 
may go well beyond 
the campuses 

"That is the scary part of it," commented one devel- 
opment officer. "We can always call on good friends 
for the few big gifts we need to reach the annual goal, 
but attrition in the number of donors will cause serious 
problems over the long run." 

All of this quite obviously bodes ill for our 
colleges and universities. Some of them may 
L have to close their doors. Others will have to 
retrench — a painful process that can wipe out quality 
gains that have taken years to accomplish. Students 
may find themselves paying more and getting less, and 
faculty may find themselves working harder and earn- 
ing less. In short, a continuation of the fiscal crisis can. 
do serious damage to the entire higher educational es- 

But the negative consequences will go well beyond 
the campus. "What happens to American higher edu- 
cation will ultimately happen to America," in the words 
of one observer. Examples: 

► Much of the nation's technological progress has 
been solidly based on the scientific effort of the uni- 
versities. To the degree that the universities are weak- 
ened, the country's scientific advancement will be 

► The United States needs 50,000 more medical 
doctors and 150,000 more medical technicians right 
now. Yet the cutback in federal funds . is leading to 
retrenchment in medical schools, and some 17 are 
threatened with closing. 

► For two decades U.S. presidents and Congress 
have been proclaiming as a national goal the educa- 
tion of every young person to the limit of his ability. 
Some 8.5-million students are now enrolled in our col- 
leges and universities, with 12-million projected by 
1980. The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education 
recommends the creation of between 230 and 280 new 
community colleges in the next decade and an addi- 
tional 50 urban four-year colleges to serve metropolitan 
areas. Yet federal programs to aid in campus construc- 
tion are being phased out, states are cutting back on 

capital expenditures, student aid programs are being 
reduced, and colleges are being forced to close their 

► Governmental rulings are now clearly directed to 
integrating black Americans into the larger society and 
creating equal educational opportunities for them and 
for the nation's poor. Many colleges and universities 
have enlisted in that cause and have been recruiting 
minority-group students. This is a costly venture, for 
the poor require almost complete scholarship support 
in order to matriculate in a college. Now, the shortage 
of funds is hampering the effort. 

► An emergent national goal in the 1970's will be 
the cleaning of the environment and the restoration of 
the ' country's urban centers as safe, healthy, and sane 
places to live. With this in mind, the National Science 
Foundation has shifted the emphasis in some of its 
major programs toward the environmental and social 
sciences. But institutions which face major retrench- 
ment to offset growing deficits will be seriously con- 
strained in their efforts to help solve these pressing 
social problems. 

"The tragedy," : says the president of a large state 
university, "is that the society is rejecting us when we 
need it most — and I might add when it most needs us." 

The public's loss of confidence in the colleges 
and universities threatens not. only their fi- 
nancial welfare, but their freedom as well. 
Sensing the public's growing dissatisfaction with the 
campuses, state legislators and federal officials have 
been taking actions which strike directly at the auton- 
omy and independence of the nation's educational insti- 

Trustees and regents have also begun to tighten con- 
trols on colleges and universities. A number of presi- 
dents have been fired, frequently for not dealing more 
harshly with student and faculty disrupters. 

"We are in a crossfire," a university president points 
out. "Radical students and faculty are trying to capture 
our universities, and they are willing to destroy our 
freedom in the effort. Authorities, on the other hand, 
would sacrifice our freedom and autonomy to get at 
the radicals." 

' The dilemma for college and university officials 
is a particularly painful one. If they do not find effec- 
tive ways to deal with the radicals — to halt campus 
violence and resist efforts to politicize the institutions — 
outside forces will exert more and more control. On the 
other hand, if administrators yield to outside pressures 

x\lumni who understand 
can help to restore 
the public confidence 

and crack down on radicals, they are likely to radical- 
ize moderate students and damage academic freedom 
and individual rights in the process. 

McGeorge Bundy, president of the Ford Foundation, 
summed it up this way : 

"To the degree that violence subsides and the uni- 
versity community as such is kept separate from polit- 
ical conflict, the danger of attack upon the freedom of 
the university from the outside will be reduced. No 
institution which depends upon society for its resources 
will be allowed — as an institution — to choose sides in 
the general contests of the democratic process, and vio- 
lence by the privileged is an uncommonly unpopular 
phenomenon. If it be true, as I believe, that both poli- 
tics and violence must be restrained in the academic 
world for reasons that are intrinsic to the nature of the 
university, it is also true that when violence spreads and 
the university is politicized, society as a whole turns 
hostile — and in a prolonged contest with society as a 
whole, the university is not a likely winner." 

Freedom would be the first casualty — the freedom 
to teach, the freedom to learn, the freedom to dissent, 
and the freedom of the academy to govern itself. Truth, 
objectivity, vitality, and knowledge would fall victim 
in quick succession. Were this to happen, society as a 
whole would suffer, for autonomous colleges and uni- 
versities are indispensable to society's own self-renewal, 
its own cultural and intellectual advancement, and its 
own material well-being. 

Samuel Gould, former chancellor of the State Uni- 
versity of New York, once told his legislature some- 
thing that is especially relevant today: "A society that 
cannot trust its universities," he said, "cannot trust 

U 1 

The crisis on American campuses has no 
parallel in the history of this nation. It 
has its roots in divisions of American 
society as deep as any since the Civil War. The divi- 
sions are reflected in violent acts and harsh rhetoric and 
in the enmity of those Americans who see themselves 

as occupying opposing camps. Campus unrest reflects 
and increases a more profound crisis in the nation as a 

Thus did the President's Commission on Campus 
Unrest begin its somber "call to the American people" 
last fall. Only greater tolerance and greater understand- 
ing on the part of all citizens, the commission declared, 
can heal the divisions. 

If a major disaster for higher education and for so- 
ciety is to be averted, moderate Americans in every seg- 
ment of society must make their voices heard and their 
influence felt. That effort must begin on the campuses, 
for the primary responsibility to increase understanding 
lies with the academic community. 

Polls and studies have made it abundantly clear that 
the overwhelming majority of faculty members, students, 
and administrators are moderate people who reject vio- 
lence as a means of changing either society or the uni- 
versity. These people have been largely silent and in- 
active; in the vacuum they have left, an impassioned 
and committed minority has sought to impose its 
views on the university and the society. The moderate 
majority must begin to use its collective power to 
re-establish the campus as a place of reason and free 
expression where violence will not be tolerated and 
harsh rhetoric is scorned. 

The majority must also rethink and restate — clearly 
and forcefully — the purpose of our colleges and uni- 
versities. It has become clear, in recent years that too 
few Americans — both on and off the campus — under- 
stand the nature of colleges and universities, how they 
function, how they are governed, why they must be 
centers for criticism and controversy, and why they 
must always be free. 

Only such a moderate consensus will be effective in 
restraining and neutralizing extremists at either end 
of the political spectrum. The goal is not to stifle dissent 
or resist reform. Rather, the goal is to preserve colleges 
and universities as institutions where peaceful dissent 

and orderly change can flourish. Violence in the name 
of reform inevitably results in either repression or a 
new orthodoxy. 

Polls and studies show that most alumni are also 
moderate people, that they support most of the campus 
reform that has occurred in recent years, that they share 
many of the concerns over social problems expressed 
by activist students, and that they sympathize with col- 
lege officials in their difficult task of preserving freedom 
and order on the campus. 

"What is surprising," notes a college alumni relations 
officer, "is not that some alumni are withdrawing their 
support, but that so many have continued to support us 
right through the crises and the turmoil." He went on to 
point out that only one of four alumni and alumnae, on 
the average, contributes to his or her alma mater. 
"Wouldn't it be something," he mused, "if the ones we 
never bear from rallied round us now."^ Wouldn't it 

Alumni and alumnae, by virtue of their own educa- 
tional experience and their relationship to colleges and 
universities, have a special role to play in helping to 
restore public confidence in higher education. They can 
make a special effort to inform themselves and to under- 
stand, and they can share their information and under- 
standing with their fellow citizens. Too many Americans, 
influenced by mass-media coverage which invariably 
focuses on the turmoil, are ready to believe the worst 
about higher education, are willing to sanction the pun- 
ishment of all colleges and universities in order to 
retaliate against the disruptive minority. Too many 
Americans have already forgotten the great positive 
contributions that colleges and universities have made 
to this nation during the past three decades. Here is 
where the alumni and alumnae can make a contribution 
as important as a monetary gift. They can seek'to cool 
passions and to restore perspective. They can challenge 
and correct misinformation and misconceptions. They 
can restore the public confidence. 

The report on this and the preceding 15 pages is the product 
of a cooperative endeavor in which scores of schools, colleges, 
and universities are taking part. It was prepared under the 
direction of the persons listed below, the trustees of editorial 
projects for education, inc., a nonprofit organization in- 
formally associated with the American Alumni Council. The 
trustees, it should be noted, act in this capacity for themselves 
and not for their institutions, and not all the editors neces- 
sarily agree with all the points in this report. All rights reserved; 
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Education; charles m. helmken, American Alumni Council; 
george c. keller, State University of New York; JACK R. MA- 
guire, the University of Texas; john i. mattill, Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology; ken metzler, the University of Ore- 
gon; john w. paton, Wesleyan University; Robert B. RENNE- 
bohm, the University of Wisconsin Foundation; ROBERT K. 
Rhodes, the University of Pennsylvania; STANLEY saplin; 
verne a. stadtman, Carnegie Commission on Higher Educa- 
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j. tate, the Ohio State University; charles e. widmayer, 
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Sweet Briar College 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595 

by Alix Sommer, '71 

It cannot be denied that men and 
women all over the United States 
are losing faith in their alma maters, 
forsaking them financially and ques- 
tioning generally the purpose of a 
college education. One of the greatest 
factors contributing to this state of 
affairs is the lack of communication 
between colleges and alumni. We read 
of disturbances and violence on the 
campus, we receive requests for funds 
to support institutions of higher 
learning, and we begin naturally to 
create a somewhat distorted connec- 
tion between our money and student 
riots. There must be more interest, 
more communication, and more under- 
standing among college administra- 
tions, alumnae and alumni, and stu- 
dents if the colleges are to survive 
these troubled and exciting times. 

Sweet Briar has not been unaffected 
by the profound pressures of change 
— the pressures to change — so preva- 
lent on U. S. campuses today. And 
the alumnae have reacted with emo- 
tions ranging from misgivings and 
despair to understanding. Sweet Briar 
was questioned more than once by 
alumnae during the "voluntary sus- 
pension of classes" last spring, 1970. 
As a 1971 graduate deeply affected 
by and grateful for my Sweet Briar 
experience, and as a new and vitally 
interested alumna, I feel particularly 
responsible — and perhaps able — to try 
to explain to alumnae who want to 
know, who have every right to know, 
what has been happening at Sweet 
Briar these last four years. 

How has Sweet Briar changed and 
what has change meant to the in- 
stitution and the students ? Has the 
intellectual atmosphere of the College 
or the purpose of higher education it- 
self been undermined or damaged by 
the recent academic and social revi- 
sions ? Or is Sweet Briar, instead, 
through change, profiting, gaining 
strength, even rescuing itself from 
disintegration ? Indeed, has not Sweet 
Briar constructed a new a more com- 
plimentary "image" for herself these 
last four years? 

The college years, I think, are that 
intermediate period in our lives be- 
tween complete parental protection 
and total freedom and responsibility, 
that phase where we begin to under- 
stand our uniqueness as individuals 
and to formulate goals and plans 
from which our future lives will be 
developed. Yet, the higher education 
of the 50's and early 60's seems to 
have been a rather ivory tower ex- 
istence, an escape from the world, so 
to speak. The bucolic splendor and 
remoteness of Sweet Briar from ur- 
ban centers greatly favored this ap- 
proach to education, I am sure. 



in 1971 




Alix Sommer, '71, of Peoria, III., ivas 
a History major at Sweet Briar. 
She was treasurer of her junior class 
and Chairman of Young Republicans, 
1970-71. Alix plans to attend 
Brotvn University and work for 
her M.A.T. in History and/ or 

Sweet Briar still offers a unique 
opportunity to escape into pastoral 
academia for those who wish it — I 
was a junior before I subscribed to a 
weekly news magazine and a senior 
before I began watching the evening 
news on television! 

The trend of the late 60's and early 
70's is toward a college education 
which is not simply another four 
years of "book learning" and care- 
fully planned and regulated extra- 
curricular and social activities, but 
an experience in total education. This 
involves more personal freedom to 
make decisions, to formulate ideas, 
and hopefully to become involved in 
and to attempt to understand the 
"world" college students will soon in- 
herit. We are moving toward the in- 
tegration of disciplines and experi- 
ences rather than academic isolation. 
In short, what was a relevant educa- 
tion ten years ago is not a relevant 
education today. The world is ten 
years different. 

The administration at Sweet Briar 
and most students, I might add, have 
been understandably cautious but us- 
ually enthusiastic and optimistic in 
revising the College's social and aca- 
demic codes. There have been prob- 
lems, but these are the normal and 
unavoidable results of necessary ex- 
perimentation. The standard of the 
Sweet Briar education has not been 
lowered but broadened to include a 
greater freedom of choice and in- 
terest, a goal of greater relevancy 
and practicality, and an outlook more 
world-and-future oriented. Most de- 
partments at Sweet Briar have risen 
to the challenge of modern education; 
hence, SBC now has offerings such as 
Conservation (Ecology) and Black 
Studies; it has more open, seminar- 
type discussion courses rather than 
lecture courses, and it has the 4-1-4 
program beginning in 1971-72, which 
will give a greater opportunity for 
independent and more specialized 

In this same trend toward total 
education are the removal of some 
rather outdated social regulations and 
the broadening of the social "outlook" 
to include male visitation in the 
dorms and freer (though still regu- 
lated) drinking policies on campus. 
Greater social freedom has not been 
a license to immorality, as some grad- 
uates have intimated. Morality has 
always been a matter of personal def- 
inition and choice; rules have seldom 
exerted a hindering influence on a 
socially pi-omiscuous person. The re- 
laxing of the social code has made 
dating a much less formal, more nat- 
ural, more open affair. What could be 
more unnatural than sitting in a 
hallway trying to carry on an intelli- 


gent conversation with one's date 
while he cooks dinner, because the 
rule says three persons is the mini- 
mum in a man's apartment? I re- 
member those days, and I also re- 
member being campused for three 
days because I did not call back be- 
fore changing my mode of transpor- 
tation to Charlottesville. (Those 
rules, thank heavens, were among the 
first to go.) The options of signing 
out when leaving campus, of wearing 
a skirt to class, and of not inviting 
one's date into one's room remain. 
Sweet Briar students are free to de- 
termine their own life styles. We are 
lucky and grateful to have an ad- 
ministration and faculty who still 
care about our well-being without 
forcing their definitions of "well- 
being" upon us. 

Sweet Briar has not been politi- 
cized to the degree that many col- 
leges have; that is, to the point that 
the educational process has been dis- 
rupted. The "strike" in the spring of 
1970 was a "voluntary suspension of 
classes"; most classes were held as 
usual, and the majority of students 
took most of their exams. The 
"strike" only forced Sweet Briar stu- 
dents to awaken to the real world and 
its problems; to destroy, emerge 
from, or simply look out of , the 
window of their ivory towers, how- 
ever they preferred. It was, in this 
sense, only one step in the process of 
developing "total education." 

Sweet Briar has long suffered un- 
der the reputation of being a "con- 
servative finishing school"; an insti- 
tution which must cease to exist with 
the realization that education is never 
"finished." By instituting new 
changes, Sweet Briar is gaining a 
new lease on life. An increasing num- 
ber of graduates are going on to 
further study or careers, and they 
are starting out with a broader out- 
look and a greater understanding of 
the world. 

Change at Sweet Briar, then, has 
not meant the destruction of educa- 
tional principles, but a greater free- 
dom and responsibility for the entire 
community. Change has meant a 
greater intellectual vitality and a 
more natural social situation, an op- 
portunity to be active or to escape, 
as one chooses. Continued change is 
the only way that Sweet Briar can 
survive in the Seventies. 

I liked Sweet Briar in 1967. In 1971 
I realize I have grown with her, I 
love and respect her. In 1980 and in 
2,000 I shall still be loyal, and I hope 
that our College will continue to ex- 
cel and expand. 



Claire Kinnett, '71, of Columbus, 
Ga., majored in History at Sweet 
Briar. She served on Sweet Briar's 
Long Range Planning Commission, 
on the Judicial Board, the 
Student Government Executive 
Board, and on the YWCA Cabinet. 
Claire was Head of Altar Guild, 
Chairman of the Annual Religious 
Conference, and President of Tau Phi. 

by Claire Kinnett, '71 

"The Class of 1971." In September 
of 1967 these words were a mere 
classification pointing toward a vague 
and seemingly-impossible goal. The 
Class of 1971 has now been gradu- 
ated. Commencement is uniquely an 
ending and a beginning. 

With my memories of Sweet Briar 
still vivid, yet at the same time look- 
ing eagerly toward the unexplored 
future, I wonder, "What hath it prof- 

This' question was posed by Dr. 
Connie Guion in 1959 at the 50th 
Founders' Day remembrance. She 
spoke inspiringly of the courage and 
perseverance of Elijah Fletcher, of 
Indiana Fletcher Williams, of Mary 
Benedict, of Mr. Manson, of President 
Pannell, of all the administrators, 
faculty, alumnae, parents, students, 
and friends who have made Sweet 
Briar College a reality. Today when 
many Americans are losing faith in 
their institutions of higher education, 
parents, alumnae, and friends must 
not withdraw their support in these 
difficult times. Sweet Briar has an 
important role to fill as a leading 
woman's college in our American ed- 
ucational system. I believe that Sweet 
Briar is continuing in the spirit of 
the Founders by preparing young 
women to serve their generation with 
wisdom, creativity, and compassion. 

The past four years have seen great 
changes at Sweet Briar. During 
Orientation Week in 1967 each fresh- 
man was smartly dressed in her new 
McMullens and Pappagallos; the fall 
of 1970 brought new students com- 
fortably clad in bluejeans, turtle- 
necks, and bare feet. Similarly, the 
rigid social rules — six week-night 
dates during the first year, cars for 
second-semester juniors — have been 
altered to allow each girl to exercise 
her own personal code of responsibil- 
ity. Also, in the academic sphere 
there is greater room for flexibility 
and individuality with few required 
courses, with individualized majors 
and numerous options for various 
special programs. To me these 
changes represent no abandonment of 
standards or neglect of responsibility 
by the Administration of the College. 
The emphasis has indeed shifted from 
in loco parentis to individual respon- 
sibility. The new freedoms demand 
increased responsibility and mature 
judgment. In many ways it was more 
comfortable to be able to rely on 
fixed patterns. But the students at 
Sweet Briar have accepted the chal- 
lenges and are meeting the tests of 
trust placed in them. In fact, the 
present student body seems more 
alert, more aware, more curious, and 


more hard-working- than the groups 
which have come before them. Today's 
students refuse to accept, "But it's 
always been done this way" for an 
answer; they seek the real essence: 

The transition has been uneven and 
a bit rough in places, but it has also 
been exciting and demanding of each 
of us. We have all experienced the 
"divine discontent" of which Mr. 
Robertson spoke in last year's Com- 
mencement. The changes in social 
rules occupied countless Student Gov- 
ernment and College Council meet- 
ings. Students, faculty, and adminis- 
tration have worked cooperatively to 
achieve a suitable system allowing 
maximum personal freedom within 
the boundaries of community living. 
Through discussion, debate and not- 
infrequent disagreements, students 
have learned to examine problems 
and to articulate effectively and de- 
fend their ideas. Future Congressional 
resolutions may owe successful adop- 
tion to the skills of Sweet Briar alum- 
nae who trained in fiery Stu G argu- 
ments over whether trousers should 
be worn to eat French toast on Sat- 
urday mornings! 

The new calendar and curriculum 
modifications will allow each student 
to proceed at her own pace and follow 
her own interests. How I envy my 
friends who will have a carefree 
Christmas holiday and return to SBC 
to spend January studying New 
Trends and New Leaders in Architec- 
ture with Miss Firm or Mr. Taylor's 
Seminar on the . Development of 
American Feminism, 1800-1960! Sen- 
iors now have time to recuperate 
from comprehensives before plunging 
into spring exams. One junior spent 
this past semester in Washington, 
working for a Congressman, even 
helping to write legislation. Another 
girl is graduating after only three 
years and will begin medical school 
in September. 

TEMPO '69 featured as one 
speaker Tom Hayden, the radical 
leader of the SDS, but the shock 
worked both ways as realized that 
the majority of his audience was 
"Nixon girls." The Sue Slaughter 
Alumnae Fund made possible the ex- 
cellent Black Symposium, from which 
we all acquired a far greater under- 
standing and appreciation of "the 
universal family of man." Can the 
City Survive Without the Country? 
made us realize Pogo's expression 
that "we have met the enemy, and 
they is us." Finally, the events of 
May, 1970, which Dean Sims terms 
The Happening shook many awake. 
A greater political awareness was 

created, but also an awareness of 
personal responsibility and of the re- 
sponsibility of the College to students 
and to the community. 

Again I ask myself, "These four 
years at Sweet Briar College, What 
hath they profited me?" Having ser- 
iously considered the question, I first 
positively respond that I have re- 
ceived a sound liberal arts education. 
These beautiful surroundings have 
been conducive to thoughtful and pro- 
ductive work. I have experienced the 
real joy of learning. The flexible cur- 
riculum and personalized attention 
have allowed experimentation with 
new ideas. Through the challenge of 
competing thoughts I have learned 
self-awareness and self confidence in 
my capabilities. 

A caring community, the intimacy 
and humaneness of the campus, the 
close interaction with lively and stim- 
ulating teachers, the strong personal 
relationships with my peers from 
geographically different areas have 
created greater tolerance and deeper 
understanding. An early morning field 
trip with Mr. Edwards; making 
papier mache puppets with the Sweet 
Briar kindergarten; participation in 
Student Government; tutoring under- 
privileged children; helping to repair 
the homes of flood victims — these 
make one aware of the necessity of 
being involved in the community. The 
Class of 1971 prepares to join the 
ranks of Sweet Briar alumnae to 
serve society with educated minds 
and hearts. 


Into the Seventies 
With the Class of 1970 

Where Oh where are the dear old 
seniors? Out in the wide wide world." 
Perhaps today's seniors still sing the 
familiar old tune; they have for many 
years. Now we should like to sing a 
happy tune about the Class of 1970 
and tell you something of what they 
are doing "out in the wide wide 

They are doing many kinds of jobs 
— working for a Congressman, teach- 
ing riding, supervising a nursery 
school, computer-programming, teach- 
ing school, directing a Girl Scout 
Field Office, doing scientific research, 
assisting in a library, working for a 
highway traffic department, holding 
jobs in banking, merchandising, per- 
sonnel, publishing, insurance, market- 
ing, social work, hospitals and offices, 
besides doing extensive volunteer 
work and continuing their graduate 

Sweet Briar's Office of Vocational 
Guidance sent questionnaries to the 
145 women of the class of 1970; 104 
responded. Among this number, 55 
are employed full-time; six, part- 
time; two have married and are 
studying; sixteen have married and 
are working; one is married and 
working and studying. Twenty are 
teaching, seven are secretaries, and 
six are in some phase of banking. 
Thirty-eight are in graduate school. 

Several math majors are applying 
their special knowledge: Teresa Eoff 
in computer-programming; Hannah 
Glass as life insurance programmer; 
Mary Kelly as an actuarial aide; 
Kathy Kraemer as a technical as- 
sistant in a research management 

A major in art history helped Suz- 
anne Yates secure a library position. 
Johanna Yaple, a biology major, is a 
biologist with Merck, Sharp & 
Dohme Institute. 

Asked for their advice to under- 
graduates who will be job-seeking, 

the working graduates said: Learn 
typing and take summer secretarial 
courses. Plan for jobs and graduate 
work early in your college career, and 
make good use of Sweet Briar's Vo- 
cational Guidance Office. Learn what 
to expect in salaries according to 
geographical location. Because em- 
ployers look for job-experience, try 
to get summer jobs and participate 
in extracurricular activities in col- 


Barnes, Nancy: studying for M.A. 
in Political Science, University of 
Georgia, Athens. 

Covington, Carol: studying for 
M.A.T. in Studio Art, Tulane Uni- 

Davenport, Susan: studying for 
M.A.T. in Elementary Education, 
University of Louisville. 

Gateley, Ann: studying for Mas- 
ter's in Social Work, Univ. of Texas, 

Gott, Jane: studying for Ph.D. in 
French literature, Indiana Univ. 

Hunter, Baird: studying for M.A.T. 
in French, Emory Univ., Atlanta. 

Kelly, Cathie: studying Art His- 
tory at Penn. State. 

King, Alison: studying for Ph.D. 
in French literature, University of 
Rochester, N. Y. 

Kinnard, Dayna: studying Law at 
Georgetown University; expects J.D. 
degree in 1973. 

LaLance, Barbara: studying for 
M.A. in American History, Univ. of 
North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

Lambert, Louise: studying for M.A. 
in History of Art, Univ. of Minnesota. 

Macfarlane, Sarah: studying for 
M.A. in Special Education, Univ. of 
Florida, Gainesville. 

Offutt, Barbara: studying for Ph.D. 

in Dramatic Literature, Stanford 

Pinner, Kathryn: studying at Yale 
Drama School. 

Potterfield, Katharine: expects to 
complete M.A. in Physical Therapy, 
Columbia College of Physicians & 
Surgeons, N. Y. 

Shenoy, Lalita: studying for M.S. 
in Biological Sciences, Univ. of the 
Pacific, Stockton, Calif. 

Sims, Cynthia: studying for M.Ed, 
in Guidance and Counseling, Univer- 
sity of Cincinnati. 

Smith, Martha: studying at George- 
town Law School, Washington, D. C. 

Swinney, Patricia: studying for 
M.A. in Education/History, Columbia, 
N. Y. 

Walker, Pamela: studying Law (for 
J.D.), University of Arkansas. 

Warren, Kathy Lou: studying for 
M.A.T. in History, Vanderbilt Univ. 

Feldman, Rose Ann: studying for 
M.A. in German Area Studies, 
Washington University, St. Louis. 

Woltz, Mary Leigh: studying for 
M.B.A., the Wharton School, Univ. of 

Muller-Thym, Kim: studying for 
M.F.A., Maryland Institute of Art. 

Lombardi, Lucy: studying Com- 
puter Programming, IBM. 

Hamilton, Sandra: studying for 
M.A. in Medieval History, University 
of St. Andrews, Scotland. 

Yates, Karen Manson: studying for 
Law degree, University of Virginia. 

Rebentisch, Marjorie: studying for 
M.S. in Environmental Engineering, 
Vanderbilt University. 

Tedards, Ann: studying for Master 
of Music (Voice), University of North 
Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

Palmer, Bonnie : studying for 
M.B.A., the Wharton School, Univer- 
sity of Pennsylvania. 

Lykes, Susan: studying for M.A. in 
Spanish Education, University of 
Southern Florida. 

Yates, Suzanne: studying for Mas- 
ter's in Library Science, Simmons 
College, Boston. 

Pond, Susan: studying Spanish, 
University of Virginia. Plans to con- 
tinue graduate study for degrees in 
History or Literature in Germany, 
France, Spain. 

Purinton, Anne: studying Educa- 
tion, Boston University. 

Camblos, Stuart: studying for Mas- 
ter's in Education, Georgia State Uni- 

Hudson, Priscilla: studying for 
M.S. in Public Relations, Boston Uni- 

Shaw, Martha: studying at George- 
town Law School, Washington, D. C. 

Dornette, Frances: studying for 
J.D. at Cornell University Law 


Letters to the Editor 

To the Editor: 

The Magazine I just received brought to me 
great pleasure and pride in your work. It is a 
very well constructed and pictures Anne Pannell 
very beautifully and from every point of view. 
Thanks to every contribution. 

I have watched her work at Sweet Briar with 
great interest. It is a hard job being head of a 
college. As you know, I have been intimately 
connected with the development of Sweet Briar 
ever since the third year when I first worked 
there. We had only 110 students and so little 
money to live on that we didn't even think of 
money! My mother used to preach to me, "If 
you can't buy it you don't need it!" 

I look back over the years since September 
1908 and thank all those who helped me to work 
and grow. I wish I could make each one of you 
know all that each means to me. ... I am 88 
now and I owe so much to each one of you. . . . 

— Connie M. Guion 
March 29, 1971 

Editors' Note : Letters to the 
Editor are welcomed and 
will be published, if found 
suitable, as space permits. 
Letters will be subject 
to editing and possible 

To the Editor: 

I feel it would be appropriate for me to send 
some observations on my semester at Sweet Briar 
as Visiting Professor of Poetry. . . . My visit to 
Sweet Briar College has been a delightful and 
rewarding experience and I should like, on be- 
half of Mrs. Hope and myself, to thank all mem- 
bers of the College for helping to make it so. 
Apart from the beauty of the setting, the friend- 
liness we have met with from everyone and the 
cooperation of the faculty, administration and 
students alike, it has been extremely interesting 
to take part in the life and working of a Liberal 
Arts College, a type of institution which we do 
not have in Australia. It has been my privilege 
to work here. . . . 

I accepted the invitation as Sue Reid Slaughter 
Visiting Professor with some misgivings on my 
part. I was not really sure what would be ex- 
pected of me. However, I decided that the most 
useful thing I could do would be to approach 
writing from the point of view of my experience 
as a practising poet, to help my students to see 
poetry from the producer's rather than the critic's 
end of the process. The course in the Analysis 
of Poetry therefore concentrated less on judg- 
ment and assessment and more on what the poet 
was trying to do and the problems of communi- 
cation. I am sure that I learned more than any- 
one in the discussions and thoroughly enjoyed the 
argument and criticism as well as the new ideas 
students so often confronted me with. I hope 
they enjoyed it as much and got half as much 
out of it as I did. . . . The course in the Writing 
of Poetry was treated not as a teaching session 
but as a cooperative venture in which we all 
wrote poems and discussed them together. In 
addition each member of the class would meet 
me from time to time for individual talks about 
their problems and interests in writing poetry. 
A good deal of interesting verse came out of 
these talks. . . . Perhaps the most valuable part 
of my activity at Sweet Briar has been contact 
with students and faculty outside the formal 
program ... I found I had time for my own 
work and I am grateful to the College for mak- 
ing this possible. . . . 

—A. D. Hope 
Visiting Lecturer, first 
semester, 1970-71 
January 16, 1971 


"...The Scenery is 

a Whole World Nicer" 

by Charles Y. Caldwell, HI 

What is it like to be one of two 
male students at an all-girls' school? 
It's a good question, one that I've 
been asked all semester. Sometimes 
people laugh when I tell them I go 
to Sweet Briar. Other times they 
just can't believe it. Once I had 
trouble cashing a check in Charlottes- 
ville because the bank thought the 
Sweet Briar identification card was 
a joke. 

To tell you what it has been like 
reminds me of an incident in William 
Faulkner's novel, Absalom, Absalom! 
Quentin Compson tells his Canadian 
roommate at Harvard that he cannot 
understand the South, "You have to 
be born there." I wasn't born at 
Sweet Briar, and I'm certainly not 
going to take an entire book, as 
Faulkner did, to try to explain the ex- 
perience. I will attempt, however, to 
get across to you what the experience 
at Sweet Briar has meant to me. 

First of all, coming to Sweet Briar 
was not a plunge into the com- 
pletely unknown. I was acquainted 
with several professors and students. 
More than anything, I wanted to come 
because I was sick of going to school 
with just men. Ths exchange pro- 
gram came into being, and I thought 
I might as well enjoy college for the 
second semester of my senior year. 

Well, I've enjoyed it all right. Even 
going to classes day after day and 
eating meals have become a little 

more fun. For the first time I've been 
in college I have really enjoyed the 
academics. For one thing, I am taking 
courses that I want to take. For an- 
other, the scenery is a whole world 

Besides the classes, the best thing 
about Sweet Briar has been the people 
— administration, faculty, and stu- 
dents. Especially the students. The 
girls are helpful, outgoing, and 
friendly people. It's a joy to have 
been associated with such people. 
They are interesting, intelligent, and 
such fun to be with. Being friends 
with such warm people is an experi- 
ence that I will never forget. 

To me, the thing that meant the 
most was something extracurricular. 
In spite of having never done any- 
thing dramatic, I had a part in 
Eugene Ionesco's The Bald Soprano. 
It was fun ! It was also a lot of work. 
What made it even more interesting 
was that I had two parts, both of 
them on the stage together for most 
of the play. The other persons in the 
cast made it a really worthwhile ex- 
perience for me. I felt the play was 
a success, something of which all of 
us could be proud. 

I think Sweet Briar should have 
more men students. I feel that the 
students as well as I profited from 
the situation. The coeducational ex- 
perience helps do away with the week- 
end-date and during-week study rou- 
tine that can quickly become boring 
as well as unnatural. By coeduca- 
tion the student is exposed to differ- 
ent views and gets to see the opposite 
sex as a person and not as a date 
for a party. 

I would like to say that coming to 
Sweet Briar has been a beneficial and 
healthy experience for me. If you 
want to hear more about it, just drop 
in to see me in Memphis. I'll be glad 
to talk with you. 

Charles Y. Caldwell, HI, (above) and 
Bruce B. Hopkins (opposite page) 
of Hampden-Sydney College came to 
Sweet Briar this year as exchange 
students in the Eight College 
Exchange Program of colleges and 
universities in Virginia. Both men are 
from Memphis, Tenn. 


Life in a Woman's 


by Bruce B. Hopkins 

Last year when I was contemplat- 
ing the idea to go to an all-girls' 
college in the Eight College Exchange 
Program I was encouraged by all my 
professors and was dared, so to speak, 
by my friends — who, I might add, 
are extremely envious of my current 
college address. After great consid- 
eration I decided that it would be an 
educational opportunity that I could 
not pass up. The Exchange Program 
gave me and is still giving me a de- 
sire to meet new people, to live in a 
different environment for a year, and 
to expose me to a side of education 
which I'm unable to attain at Hamp- 
den-Sydney College. 

By sophomore year I was fed up 
with an all-male institution, since I 
had four years in an all-boy prep 
school in Memphis before going to 
Hampden-Sydney. I was tired of the 
weekend syndrome which is dominant 
at every non-coed school. Going to 
classes on an equal footing with girls 
in an academic atmosphere was a 
leading factor in my decision to at- 
tend Sweet Briar. I had known girls 
only on a weekend basis when they 
rolled in from Hollins, Bennett, Mary 
Baldwin, Randolph Macon, and Sweet 
Briar. I wanted to be reassured that 
girls existed apart from the three-day 

But why Sweet Briar? Why not 
Hollins or Randolph Macon? What 
has impressed me at Sweet Briar is 
the variety of courses and the re- 
laxed academic atmosphere that exists 
here and does not at Hampden- 
Sydney. At Sweet Briar I have de- 
veloped a real interest in my courses, 
I have been able to know my pro- 
fessors on a personal basis and to 
maintain an average grade-standing 
without feeling pressed for time. I 
have devoted every day to tennis or 
squash — but never at Hampden- 

Sydney because tests are very much 
favored there, and all one's time is 
spent studying for exams, reading, 
and taking courses required by the 
college in order to graduate. A his- 
tory major, I am much impressed by 
Sweet Briar's Department of History, 
which offers more than that depart- 
ment at Hampden-Sydney. 

I have been called a pioneer by 
everyone from President Pannell to 
the gas station attendant in Am- 
herst. I guess I'm very much a pio- 
neer, in the sense of muffled whispers 
I encountered the moment I arrived 
here. The whispers did not last long; 
in fact, by the second week things 
were normal, girls were coming from 
every direction offering advice and 
help. At first, girls did feel ill at ease, 
especially in the classroom, because 
they did not know what to expect 
from me. It was as if they were wait- 
ing for me to open my mouth in order 
to see what I was capable of, aca- 

As time went on, the apartment on 
Elijah Road began to feel like home, 
and boy friends of girls here have 
cluttered our living room ever since! 
As I type this article three boys are 
sacked out on the floor in sleeping 
bags we provide for unexpected 
guests. Socially, I think I have valued 
most having girls as friends. That 
sounds funny, but if you have gone 
to an all-male school as I have done 
the last seven years it makes sense. 
I've learned that girls, like boys, have 
emotional conflicts and problems that 
bother them. I've learned that girls 
are more than just a weekend date 
who you spend three days with and 
then say good-by on Sunday after- 
noon, with the frustrating problem 
that you really didn't know the girl 
as a person at all. Being in an at- 
mosphere where girls look as sloppy 

as boys and face life every day in a 
puzzling manner one day and then a 
positive manner the next has shown 
me that girls are no different from 
boys, in many respects. 

I have no piercing insights to offer 
on the educational ramification of the 
first year of the Eight College Ex- 
change Program. None of us, the girls 
and the other exchange student and 
myself, has deluded himself by think- 
ing that our situation approaches 
"normal" coeducational conditions. 
Two male students hardly make Sweet 
Briar coeducational. A solution to co- 
education the Exchange Program is 
not. I hope it will not be construed as 
a substitute for coeducation. For me, 
the Exchange Program has been an 
extremely worthwhile experience. 

Why, you could probably call me a 
Sweet Briar man and I wouldn't even 
blush or turn red — not much I 


Cmss wpTES 


Cordelia Kirkendall 

Mrs. Arthur A. Barricks, 1057 Walker Ave., 
Oakland 10, Calif. 94610 
Fund Agent 
Elsie Munro 

Mrs. Elsie Munro Haller, 5 Strong Place, Bos- 
ton, Mass. 02114 

Louise Wolf Arnold wrote that Deedie was 
slipping because in one of the Alumnae 
Magazines there was no column for 1925. 
Louise didn't realize that each class's news is 
in the magazine only once a year. Last May 
we sailed from New York to the Mediterran- 
ean on the "Gripsholm". Your "Nttle'ol sec- 
retary" won the ping pong tournament for 
the ladies. This was such a shock to our 22 
year old waiter that he almost collapsed. 
When we got back to New York we flew to 
Seattle where we rented a car to drive to 
Kennewick, Washington in time to see grand- 
daughter, Lara, graduate from high school. 
Alas! The bag I had packed so carefully went 
on to Tokyo and I had only the clothes on 
my back. The temperature was 102°, but 
fortunately the exercises were held out of 
doors in the evening. By then it had cooled 
to 90°. The sweet gal graduate is now in 
college in Pasco, Washington. 

All through the year my husband and I 
put on our programs on my collection of 
crosses which now number over 200. We il- 
lustrate the talk with slides. 

Louise Wolf Arnold also traveled on the 
"Gripsholm", but her cruise took her to the 
North Cape, Finland, Iceland and Russia. Sev- 
eral years ago Romayne Schooley Ferenback 
also took the "Gripsholm". 

Romayne is traveling right now. On Feb- 
ruary 8th she left New York to fly to London 
a couple of days ahead of the Raymond- 
Whitcomb trip which takes her around Africa. 
She'll be aboard the "Apollo", a sister ship of 
the "Argonaut" which took her on a 3 weeks 
trip to the Aegean a year or two ago. She'll 
end her present trip at Lisbon on April 3 and 
is due back in New York on the 5th. Romayne 
has 6 grandchildren aged 9 to 14. 

Giddy wrote she is now retired and back 
to her charming home in Amherst. She has 
no help so must stay on the go. She wrote 
enthusiastically about the new Wailes Center 
at Sweet Briar. 

Helen Tremann Spahr writes from her home 
in Goleta, California that she has three 
wonderful granddaughters. She saw Robin 
graduate in June from 8th grade. Carolyn is 
in 7th grade and the wee one, Karen, is only 
2 and Is a bundle of joy. 

Margaret Hogue Pfautz writes she has sold 
her shop and is semi retired and enjoying life. 

Elizabeth Hodges Gregory is working with 
the State Department of Welfare and Institu- 
tions in Richmond, Virginia as a welfare ser- 
vice specialist. Her husband, Flavius, has re- 
tired but still works part time in the Trust 

Department of a bank. They have 3 children. 

Eleanor Miller Patterson was willing to con- 
tinue as your class president, ditto for me as 
your secretary and Elsie Munro Ha Her who 
was at Sweet Briar for our 45th reunion last 
June volunteered to help and was quickly 
pounced upon to be our fund agent. Eleanor 
is my most faithful correspondent and I am 
most appreciative. Only 3 from our class got 
back to the 45th. They were Eleanor, Elsie and 
lone McKenzie Walker. Now please start con- 
centrating on attending our 50th. We all shall 
miss seeing Mrs. Pannell, who has done so 
much for Sweet Briar. Eleanor wrote that 
Sweet Briar was more beautiful than ever and 
that the events, classes etc. were all enjoyable 
and stimulating and that the picnic held at 
Bertha Wailes' mountain place near Monument 
Hill was a perfect setting, and from this point 
the view of the Blue Ridge mountains was 

Eleanor and Brown spent most of the sum- 
mer of 1 970 at their summer home in Bear 
Creek, raising vegetables and grandsons. They 
go regularly too, to Lynchburg to see Eleanor's 
amazing mother. On Eleanor's Christmas card 
she wrote that their son and family would be 
missed at Christmas. They are in England for 
a year. As you recall the Pattersons lost their 
lovely daughter from leukemia, but their son- 
in-law was to bring the 3 grandsons to 
Greensboro from Atlanta for Christmas. 

Woodis Finch Roberts and Dora Hancock 
Williams have new addresses, also Clara 
Frank Bradley. Hope you'll have health and 
happiness in your new homes. 

Teddy Schofield Thompson wrote on her 
Christmas card that her husband is still far 
from well and that in March 1 970 he had 
pneumonia, which on top of emphysema is 
a very dangerous thing. Teddy's T.L.C. has 
brought Tommy through and she is grateful 
her 95 pounds has provided enough energy. 
Their two granddaughters visited them fre- 
quently last summer as they were taking 
summer courses at Stanford and U.C. at 


Ella Parr Phillips .(Mrs. Sam J. Slate), Anderson 

Road, Sherman, Conn. 06784 

Fund Agent 

Mary Archer Bean (Mrs. James V. Eppes), 447 

Heckwelder Place, Bethlehem, Pa. 18018 

Sally Callison Jamison writes that she is 
planning a trip this spring to the Carolinas to 
play some golf and to see the country. I 
have just spent two sunny months in South 
Carolina— at Hilton Head and Charleston. 
Since my husband has recently retired we 
were free this winter to leave the snow and 
ice of New England. Jo Tatman Mason and 
husband, also retired, are dividing their time 
between their home in Win net ka and the one 
near Rock vi Me, Conn. They are curling en- 
thusiasts, playing with a team at Glenview 
Club. Also curlers are Louise Harned Ross '28 

and her husband. Adeline Hoffman Allen 
writes that upon her husband's retirement they 
moved to Florida and now live in a high rise 
co-op with a wonderful view of Clearwater 
Bay. She is active in the Womens Club and 
Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church. And 
speaking of retirement, Janet Bruce Bailey and 
husband will spend the cold months at their 
home on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. 
Julia Wilson lives in the Islands too — in 
Christiansted on St. Croix. Virginia Chaffee 
Gwynn moved to Naples, Florida and "adores 
retirement!" and Louise Dailey Sturhahn is also 
in Florida, in Sarasota. Isabel le North Good- 
win's husband has also retired and they 
continue to live in Augusta, Ga. 

It is heartening to hear how many of you 
are active in community projects. To mention 
a few: "Beanie" Epps works with the League 
of Women Voters and the Church Women 
United, among other groups. Louise Chapman 
Plamp is active in the National Audubon So- 
ciety anad attended the convention held in 
Seattle. Frances Redford Marshall is now 
president of the women's group of Centenary 
United Methodist Church in Richmond, Va. 
Helen Schaumleffel Ferree is a very active 
member of the Indianapolis SB Club having 
served as president, and yours truly has found 
most rewarding work with the Recordings for 
the Blind. 

As for our peripatetic classmates — Jane 
Wilkinson Banyard tells of taking two of her 
grandchildren to England several months ago 
to see their English relatives and what a 
lovely time they had except for the afternoon 
she lost 1 1 yr. old Linda on Carnaby Street in 
London. She was found later exploring the 
mod shops and loving it all. Martha Maupin 
Stewart also had a wonderful trip to England. 
Natalie Sidman Smith had an enjoyable visit 
to SBC for the course in Ornithology last 
June. She was much impressed with the new 
buildings and the beauty of our campus, but 
aren't we all? Nan Torian Owens had an 
exciting trip to Japan. Her husband, with an 
honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from 
Clemson University, has recently been named 
dean of a new School of Environmental De- 
sign at the Univ. of Ga. June Tillman Mc- 
Kenzie says that she is going on the SB spring 
tour to Holland and other low countries. 
Wouldn't it be fun if a group of our class 
could take one of the future tours together? 
Sally Callison Jamison also reported that she 
and her husband went last fall to Europe as 
did Ruth Ferguson Smythe with her husband. 
The latter particularly enjoyed Spain and 
Portugal while the Jamisons liked their tour 
through the chateau and vineyard country of 
France. Polly McDiarmid Serodino was heard 
from in January having a fine time in Mexico. 
Virginia LaNieve Walker writes that she just 
returned from a delightful stay in Bermuda 
and is planning now to attend a medical 
meeting in San Francisco where she will meet 
her son and his wife and then go to Monterrey 
for a few days of golf. 

Esther Tyler Campbell reported a brief but 


happy visit from Elizabeth Lankford Miles and 
her husband. Good news from Belle Brocken- 
brough Hutchins about her son Coleman, a 
lawyer in Chicago, who was married in 
February to a charming girl. 

Gert Prior has retired! SB will never be the 
same— certainly not for her classmates. Happy 
retirement, Gert. 

Our sympathies to Mitchell Cumnock Bass 
and to Peggy Timmerman Bur I in for the loss 
of their husbands. Also to the family of Jane 
Dillon Johnson who died last summer. 

Don't forget to send your news items next 
time to Amelia Hollis Scott (Mrs. T. K.) at 
3606 Plymouth Place, Lynchburg, Va. 24503 



Virginia Vesey Woodward (Mrs. Joseph) 4 

Merry Circle, Newport News, Va. 23606 

Fund Agent 

Ella Jesse Latham (Mrs. Robert E.) 3601 North 

Glebe Rd., Arlington, Va. 22207 

I'm sure you'll be sorry to learn that Nancy 
Stack Thigpen of Montgomery was a victim of 
cancer last August. The same month Marge 
Gubelman Hastert's husband, Clark, died. To 
both families we extend our belated sym- 
pathy. Marge expects to spend June and July 
in Australia, where her daughter lives near 
Sydney. Another daughter and son live in 

Last September Jo Rucker Powell arrived in 
Brussels soon after Penny's son, Nathaniel 
Carmody was born. In January Lewis Powell 
was made a Fellow in Lincoln Inn. Leila and 
Don Schwaab used a trip to Florida as an 
excuse to visit Linda '65 and grandsons in 
Kinston, N. C. Their older daughter moved 
back to Baltimore in September after seven 
years in Chicago. Mary Kate Patton Bromfield 
went to San Francisco last August to welcome 
her first grandson, Kent Barber, III, who join- 
ed 2 year-old Elizabeth in Susan's family. 
Daughter Betsy lives nearby in Farmington, 
Conn, with husband and two little girls, and 
Bill, the youngest, was married in October to 
Susanne Wilson in Orange, Va. 

Also married last August was Kitty Goch- 
nauer Slater's Nick to Mildred Fletcher, who 
had graduated in Law in June. Nick is a trust 
officer in a Richmond bank. Kitty's daughter, 
Anne, is also married and lives in Richmond. 
Kitty plays tennis winter and summer, sells 
real estate, especially to anyone looking for 
property in her beloved Piedmont Valley, which 
is the scene for the beautiful "The Hunt 
Country of Virginia" which she wrote a few 
years ago. Copies are still available with 
personal autograph. 

Speaking of writers, Izzy Neer has a son, 
Bob Semple, Jr., who is a White House cor- 
respondent for the NEW YORK TIMES. She is 
very proud to see his articles on the front 
page often. 

Marjorie Ris Hand was busy last fall with 
the SBC Development Fund kick-off in Northern 
New Jersey. She had seen Gerry Mallory, 
who was also involved, and was also trying 
to get her poodle schooled, besides playing 
golf, ice-skateing, and enjoying her other 

It is good to have a Fund Agent again and 
I hope all of you will respond to Ella's plea. 
Ella's husband has retired and she and Bob 
have had some nice trips. In November they 
went to Charleston, S. C. where they saw 
Lena Jones Craig. In October Sue Graves 
Stubbs stayed wtih the Lathams while the 

girls went to the biennial of the Colonial 
Dames. John Stubbs, the youngest, is at LSU; 
older son is a resident at Tulane, and young 
Sue and family live in Fort Worth. 

Langhorne and George Austen were in 
Houston for Christmas with Sally '58 and her 
family. It was quite an experience to leave 
snowy Boston in 14 degrees and find summer 
in Texas. Langhorne gets down to see her 
mother in Lynchburg about three times a year 
so keeps up with changes at SBC. George 
Austen, III lives in NYC with wife and darling 
two year old, George IV. 

At Christmas Charlotte Tamblyn Tufts, in 
Burbank, was looking forward to a two week's 
visit from her two granddaughters. Frances 
Neville Newberry and Mary-Nelson Neville 
Sieman enjoy their grandchildren. Both live 
in North Platte and like to travel. Mary Nel 
Sieman and Fred have one daughter with 
five children near enough to enjoy watching 
them grow. Last spring in Austin, she had a 
nice visit with freshman roommate, Eleanor 
NiggN Tyler, who is active in alumnae work 
there. Fran and Willard Newberry have three 
grandchildren. Last fall after the Nebraska- 
Colorado game in Boulder they had dinner 
with Betty Cassidy Evans. Previously they had 
been to Europe and cruised in the So. Pacific. 
Elizabeth S. Gray wrote: "1 am still Corp- 
orate Secretary of the Chesapeake Corporation 
of Virginia, a growing pulp and paper man- 
ufacturing company in West Point. This year 
I gave up the title of "Manager of Pulp Sales" 
to a junior in my department who will carry 
on aggressively what I instituted as the first 
in our company and the only woman pulp 
sales manager in our industry. I have had 
many years of exciting and rewarding travel 
throughout this country and the world, selling 
unbleached kraft pulp to paper manufacturers. 
"I became in 1956 the second woman mem- 
ber of the American Society of Corporate 
Secretaries which is open to corporate sec- 
retaries of companies listed on major stock 
exchanges in this country and Canada. I am 
also an officer and director of one of our 
subsidaries, and executive secretary of the 
Foundation which our company has. 

"This year after nine years as a member 
of the Board of Trustees of St. Margaret's 
School in Tappahannock and six years as a 
Trustee of Church Schools in the Diocese of 
Virginia, I rotated off their boards. But to 
keep me occupied, I am still a Trustee, mem- 
ber of Executive Committee, and Secretary of 
Virginia Council on Health and Medical Care. 
"Last summer when West Point celebrated 
its 100th anniversary, I was an officer and 
director of the Centennial Corporation and 
official hostess for the opening day of the 
celebration when Governor Holton and Lt. Gen. 
(Ret.) Lewis B. ("Chesty") Puller, U.S.M.C, 
were among the celebrities who attended and 
took part in the program. 

"It was quite a delightful surprise to learn 
that one of Chesapeake's newest employees 
last year, Lanier Woodrum, was the son of 
Margaret Lanier. "Woody" and his wife and 
two children joined our church and have 
proven charming additions to our cummunity." 
As for news of the Woodwards: Our 
daughter, Ginger, is a rising junior at SBC, 
and as it is now only a three hour drive to 
campus I find many excuses to pay her a 
visit. In February I dropped in to see the 
Zoppas in their new home. Charlie has his 
own tennis court now. Last summer we went 
to Quebec after picking up Ginger at Camp 
Kiniya where she was a tennis counsellor. 
Coming down we passed near Squam Lake, 
N.H. where Betty Taylor Antrim has a sum- 

mer place. 

Please send news on the envelope flap when 
you respond to the Alumnae Fund. 



Dorothy Prout Gorsuch (Mrs. Robert W.), 

Chapel Hill, Atlantic Highlands, N.J. 07716 

Fund Agent 

Anne Lauman Bussey (Mrs. Donald S.), 827 

Emerald Drive, Alexandria, Va. z/20'6 

I was reading the directions from the Alum- 
nae Office about the preparation of our yearly 
class notes and was amused by the suggestion 
that the copy be no more than 700 words. To 
date, 1 have received only five communications 
from our classmates. I know 27 of our class 
had contributed by early February, but, why 
did so few of you write news on the "funds 
flaps"? I like to think of them as "fun flaps" 
because it is fun to share our news. Please 
take a minute to write a few lines. Perhaps I 
have been remiss in not sending out cards in 
view of our 35th reunion next year but I will 
be in touch with all of you well in advance of 
our next class notes. 

Becky Douglas Mapp and her husband are 
enjoying a trip on their boat to the Bahamas 
this spring. Last fall they visited England and 
took a Greek cruise. Two daughters are mar- 
ried and the youngest is working in Atlanta. 
She has 3 grandchildren and is expecting an- 
other one shortly. 

Marie Walker Gregory has been very busy 
as president of the Women of St. Mary's 
Episcopal Church raising money for their ba- 
zaar. Nookie Hardesty Minshall writes she has 
finally left banking and is now payroll su- 
pervisor at Syntex Corp. in Palo Alto. Her 
youngest son, Greg, is a freshman at the 
Univ. of California at Berkeley, Calif, and 
has been awarded a four year National Merit 
Scholarship. For several summers he has 
worked at Stanford Linear Accelerator as a 
computer programmer trainer. 

Last year was a memorable one for Natalie 
Hopkins Griggs. Her husband retired from 
IBM in the spring and a short time later both 
daughters announced they wanted to be mar- 
ried in the summer. Their weddings were just 
4 weeks apart and their son, John, celebrated 
his 21st birthday in between. Izzy Olmstead 
Haynes attended one of the weddings. 

Peter Dyer Sorenson's three children are 
travelers like Mon and Dad. Her son, King, 
and his wife climbed the Himalayes and drove 
from Munich to Nepal recently. He passed 
his bar exam and will be practicing law with 
his father. Alicia and her husband honey- 
mooned in Israel on an archeological dig. 
They have moved to Washington, D.C., where 
Bill has a position with the National Academy 
of Science. Sandy, her youngest, is returning 
home soon from Afghanistan by way of 

Peggy Cruikshank Dyer's son, Tim, gradu- 
ated from W & L this spring. Her husband 
has been made Vice President of Acushnet 
Products Co. 

Anne Lauman Bussey wrote of a wonderful 
16-day cruise in the Caribbean that the four 
Busseys enjoyed last Christmas. This spring 
they were off again on a trip to Puerto Rico 
and St. Croix. Their son, Tuck, won't be 
along this time because he is a junior at the 
Univ. of Va. Next summer he hopes to get to 
sea for Naval ROTC training. 

Our son, Stephen, was graduated from 


American Univ. this spring. He may take a 
year off and travel before going to law 
school. Our daughter, Laurie, is going to 
visit in California for a month before starting 
a licensed practical nursing course in June. 
Spring is the backache time of the year for 
Bob and me but we love gardening — organ- 
ically. I am still serving on the local and 
County shade tree commissions, lecturing on 
conservation, Gypsy Moths {a serious problem 
in our area) and arranging exhibits. For fun, 
there is still nothing like tennis and little old 
ladies in tennis shoes. 



Decca Gilmer Frackelton (Mrs. Robert L) 1714 

Green way Dr., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401 

Fund Agent 

Elizabeth Brown-Serman MacRae (Mrs. Colin) 

903 Vicar Lane, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 

Too carefully tucked away were some notes 
that missed the last deadline— Ellie Damgard 
Firth's travels to Portugal, Spain and Rome, 
daughter Molly an airline stewardess was 
based in New Orleans; Phyllis Carr Beinhorn's 
note from San Antonio, Texas — daughter 
Courtney was graduated from Smith in '69 
and son Alston was Amherst bound. Ella 
Humphrey Thiriot promised a real history of 
the family as soon as the youngest leaves 
for "all day school"— and it's about that time. 
"Shirts" Shaw Daniel with children off at 
college is umpiring girls' Lacrosse games, 
bowling, keeping busy with Garden Club and 
church work. Helen Hamilton Lewis must have 
more hours in a day than most of us: Planned 
Parenthood Board, then Program and Planning 
Comm., Board of Friends of Mo. Botanical 
Garden (Pres. 67-68), Comm. for Junior League 
Deb. Ball, Council on World Affairs, two 
garden clubs, an investment syndicate, golf, 
deep-sea fishing, traveling and grandmother 
of a two year old. Betty Joe McNarney Wil- 
liams' son Joseph had scholarship awards for 
graduate studies in economics after Williams 
College and daughter Lucy was at Pitzer Col- 
lege in Calif. 

Joan Myers Cole and Betty Doucett Neill 
were '41ers at the Oct. Council Meetings when 
we were also privileged to attend the dedica- 
tion of the Wailes Center. While there I heard 
from Dottie White Cummings— daughter Nancy 
is at Lasell Jr. College and son Charles at NY 
Military Academy. She had seen Barbara Hol- 
man Whitcomb who works in her father's 
store and has been going abroad every year 
in the spring. Barbara has a married son in 
Viet Nam and another in Australia. Dottie 
and Lucy Parton Miller had a nice visit one 
day during the fall. 

Marie and Ted Barry celebrated his retire- 
ment from IBM with a 3 month's trip around 
the world, starting with an African safari. 
Also, travelers Tuttle (Charlotte Davenport) 
drove 2200 miles in England, France, Switzer- 
land and Italy and is sure they scaled every 
mountain in Italy. 

Judy Davidson Walker is in R. I. while Tony 
is in Saigon— son Dan is at New Haven, Andy 
in Vermont, and Bill who was married in July 
is in USMC. 

Doris Albray Bardusch's daughter Debbie 
was graduated and married in June— busy 
mother— and son Ted is in high school "head- 
ing toward medicine". One German short- 
haired pointer and a St. Bernard complete the 
family circle. 

Helen Watson Hill was another of the faith- 

fuls whose note got "lost"— at that point she 
was president of the Rochester Club. She 
writes that Christmas cards from Joan Cole, 
Anne O'Connor, Dorothy Cummings, Edge 
O 'Don n ell, Helen Wallace all indicated they 
hope to attend our 30th. Jean Ruggles Smith's 
third daughter graduated from SBC in May 
'71. Her oldest daughter has presented her 
with a grandchild. 

Anita Loving Lewis received her M.Ed, de- 
gree from the UVa and is happily teaching 
American History and Sociology in high school 
in Lancaster, Pa. 

Butch Gurney Betz was seen teaching sons 
Alex and Bobby to waltz at Christmas time 
in preparation for son John's wedding in 
Jan. We saw them all and met the lovely 
bride at 7th Lake in August. 

Betty Doucett Neill and I sent our daughters 
to SBC in Sept. 1 968 and now we're mothers 
of two Asses. Had the pleasure of seeing 
"Dowsit" twice recently and learned that 
Barbara Nevens Young and family have 
moved to Dallas, Texas. 

Mary Scully Olney, husband Jim and son 
Andy were at 7th Lake last summer but we 
missed the rest of the family this time. The 
Olneys were in Winchester at Christmas time 
and planned to take the children to the Carib- 
bean during winter vacation. 

Katherine Estes had planned for SBC Day 
in Washington so could not joint us here, but 
she was at reunion. 

Son Nick's wife presented us with a grand- 
son March 1. Son Leigh is a freshman at 
Washington and Lee and David has another 
year at St. Christopher's. 


Anna Mary Chidester Heywood (Mrs. William 

H.) 4369 Indian Road, Toledo, Ohio 43615 

Fund Agent 

Ruth Longmire Wagner (Mrs. Willard B.) 5621 

Candlewood Drive, Houston, Texas 77027 

Though last Memorial Day week-end seems 
long ago now, those thirty-four of us who re- 
turned to Sweet Briar for our Twenty-Fifth 
reunion have vivid happy memories of it. 
Who could forget Zu (Betty Zulich Reuter) 
strolling down the hall (of Meta Glass Dorm) 
in a diaphanous nighty, cfr Hedy (Alice Ed- 
wards Davenport) laughing loudly, or Jody's 
{Joanne Morgan Hartman) wonderful smiling 
face. We learned that Peggy Jones Wyllie, 
who still does much riding, will be in England 
with her husband for a few years. Also Lovah 
Wilcox Gearhart and her husband and family 
are in England on a clergy exchange. Jean 
Ridler Fahrenbach brought her husband Mo 
along and he thought the reunion was great. 
Of course we had much catching up to do on 
children and husbands and careers. Our class 
picnic at the boathouse was fun and many of 
us visited Harriet Rogers, Laura Buckham and 
Jane Belcher. The new Wailes College Center 
was far enough along in construction for us to 
admire — and the weather was perfect, just the 
way we like to remember Sweet Briar. Sadie 
Allen Blackburn from Houston and Margie 
Koonce McGregor from Shreveport came the 
farthest for their reunion. Wish I could name 
all those who were there, but space doesn't 

Though she didn't come to reunion, I saw 
Doreen Brugger Wetzig in September while on 
a business trip with my husband. Deen is as 
lovely as ever and showed us some lovely 

parts of Colorado Springs. Her husband, Paul, 
was in Switzerland at a medical meeting. 
Their daughter, Dorrie, appeared on the Bum- 
Chum cover of the fall Alumnae Magazine and 
graduated this May. Sam and Mary Kathryn 
*-rye Hemphill's daughter's wedding was last 
August. Whiting Shuford and Kathryn are 
living near HiCKory after a wedding trip to 
burope. Mia Hecht Morgan writes that her 
oldest son Robert was married last May and 
is a Navy jet pilot (Lt. j.g.). Mia is studying 
for her master's degree in German at Georgia 
State University. Serving as an educational 
diagnostician at the Chesterfield County (Va.) 
learning Disability Center is hectic and fas- 
cinating reports Rosemary Newby Mullen. 

We extend our belated sympathy to Cappie 
Price Bass whose father died last winter. She 
reports that with three daughters and one son 
in colleges and boarding school, she and her 
husband Bruce enjoyed a Caribbean cruise 
this winter. Betty Grayson Geer of Chapel Hill 
saw Esther (Cunningham) and Bob Shay at a 
football game there in the fall. Betty's children 
include sophomore Sally at Oberlin, senior 
Anne at Milton Academy and Fred, a tenth 
grader in high school at home. 

One of the not too great things about our 
25th was my election(?) as class secretary. 
Please make this easier and more fun for me 
by frequently writing newsy notes or cards. 
Bill and I have a freshman son at Dartmouth 
and took a ten day camping trip to Williams- 
burg this spring with sons David, 15, and 
Robert, 10. I am now a vestrmanfwoman?) of 
our church and thoroughly enjoy it. Do let 
me hear from you. 


Ellen Ramsay Clark (Mrs. Kenneth F., Jr.), 2942 

Midland, Memphis, Tenn. 38111 

Fund Agent 

Mary Sommers Booth Parker (Mrs. Francis I.), 

630 Museum PL, Charlotte, N.C. 28207 

Having just received a crisp little post-card 
from SBC reminding me of my fast-approach- 
ing deadline for class notes, I've been jolted 
into action! Have just finished digging out 
all the carefully-guarded Christmas cards with 
notes, fund-flap envelopes, etc., to see what 
little nuggets I could assemble for you. Do, 
please, keep sending these in for they are my 
main source of information. 

Congratulations are in order for two of our 
illustrious number still pursuing higher educa- 
tion: Julie Baldwin Waxter was awarded a 
M.Ed, from Johns Hopkins Un. in May of 1970. 
She is now teaching the 4th and 5th grades 
while her daughter, Susan, is on the learning 
end at Smith as a sophomore. Sally Ay res 
Shroyer will receive her M.A. in June, and will 
start teaching full time (mathematics) at Na- 
tional Cathedral School in the fall. Again, 
congratulations to you both! 

Fall Council at SBC proved a great time for 
a reunion of Preston Hodges Hill, Alice Trout 
Hagan, Liz Hancock Fritzsche, and Ann Fiery 
Bryan. Alice reports that Preston led one of 
the discussions. Alice says she didn't get in 
too much bird- watching this time due to hav- 
ing torn a ligament in her leg playing tennis! 
Alice, you have my fullest sympathy for I did 
the identical ridiculous thing myself early in 
Jan., and hobbled around on a cane for two 
months before going near the tennis courts 
again. Will we ever learn to act our age? 

Alice also reports a very delightful, hysteri- 


r ln All Things we Learn 
Only from Those we Love 


by Leslie Herrick Danford, '44 

I have always been fascinated with 
how young children learn. Not a great 
deal is understood about the learning 
process, but certainly motivation is an 
essential ingredient. After graduating 
from Sweet Briar, I studied early child- 
hood education at Columbia University 
and started teaching pre-school chil- 
dren. I worked with middle-class chil- 
dren and I also taught in New York 
City's lower East Side slums. It was 
apparent that what inspired the former 
group had no relevance for these very 
poor girls and boys. We started out 
each morning with lice baths; we tried 
to persuade parents not to sew their 
children into winter underwear; we set 
up a birth control clinic. Education of 
the children was important, but some- 
how other things were essential. When 
there was time for "teaching," we 
found that methods, previously ac- 
cepted, were not effective. This is no 
news today, but 25 years ago, making 
such a statement was heresy. And so 
I joined in the then small crusade to 
help such children by trying to find 
out how they could be motivated to 

I did not lose interest in working 
with middle-class children, particularly 
since I had three of my own. And I 
found that successful methods of teach- 
ing both groups had many similarities, 
despite the marked differences. Goethe 
says, "In all things we learn only 
from those we love." 

Teaching, for me, has always been 
an extension of my day-to-day living. 
I think that many of the difficulties 
encountered in teaching children of a 
low economic background result from 
our unwillingness to start where they 
really are and give them enough time. 
You hear it said that they don't have 
the time; I say it must be provided. 
We should not try to fill children full 
of facts, nor even attempt to teach 
them just to read; most important, they 
need to know how to think and react — 
wholesomely and creatively. 

Head Start made popular the move- 

ment to rectify the deficits society 
creates for many young children. As 
the original director of a Head Start 
day care center in Miami, I was re- 
sponsible for initiating a program that 
we hoped would alleviate some of these 
miseries. My program, as well as 
others throughout the nation, failed 
to achieve much of what it set out to 
do. I was appalled to see conditions 
that existed when I visited other cen- 
ters throughout the Southeast. As a 
consultant, however, I found many pos- 
itive things on which to build. Where 
people are interested, there is always 
some area of competency — the only 
place to start when we desire to aid 
anyone. And so I helped plan with 
these teachers, many of whom had no 
previous experience. They wanted to 
see how it was done, and so I con- 
ducted demonstration teaching classes. 
They wanted to understand, and I tried 
to explain. 

The so-called failure of Head Start 
is, in truth, a failure of society. How 
could anyone expect the first attempt, 
all-of-a-sudden, to set everything right ? 
And while it was an important step, 
the time and money spent on it were 
as nothing compared to other federally- 
funded projects. It will only be when 
we face squarely up to the importance 
of what happens to a child when he is 
young, that enough will be done. We 
are still trying to cure, not prevent. 

With this background, I felt I had a 
contribution that could be valuable to 
students who were learning to be 
teachers. Therefore, I accepted the of- 
fer to teach the early childhood educa- 
tion courses at the University of Mi- 
ami. I tried to bring the theory into 
focus with the classroom problems 
themselves. I certainly found that this 
is what these teachers want. 

Currently I am teaching a group of 
children who are amazingly integrated, 
not only in re race but also as con- 
cerns socio-economic background. 
Among other things, I am intrigued 
with the teaching that goes on among 

Leslie Herrick Danford, '44, who 
organized a Head Start program 
in Miami, Fla. The Danfords' 
daughter, Mary, is a Sweet Briar 
student in the class of 1973. 

the children themselves. I am trying 
to come up with other ways to help 
all of these children, but am forced to 
face the fact that while we can do good 
things for all, there are problems so 
deeply rooted in the misery of the 
children's environments that enough 
cannot be done — not enough to propel 
them out of the continuing circle of 

Recently I went to visit the family 
of one of my young students, only to 
find another family at the address. It 
seems two families share the meagre 
apartment, each occupying it for 12 
hours of the 24. When most of us know 
so very little about the nature of pov- 
erty, we are in a poor way to try to 
cope with the unattractive results. 

I am deeply disturbed about the 
overall lack of concern for our most 
important resource — children. There is 
a good deal of talk, but not much ac- 
tion. Adequate education simply can- 
not be by-passed for long; and if part 
of this task means delving deeper into 
society's problems, then our job has 
been cut out for us. I like Emily Dick- 
enson's quatrain: 

"In this short life 

That only lasts an hour, 

How much, how little, 

Is within our power!" 

cal and original guided tour of Charleston by 
"Stevie" Webb with Stevie driving a station 
wagon full of six Hagans, and young Rutledge 
Webb, age 7, giving his own commentary 
from the tail-gate! This Charleston excursion 
had been preceded by a "Webb Wagon round- 
up" one day on Pauley's Island during sum- 
mer vacation. Alice also had a visit in Roa- 
noke from Bunny Barriett Brown and daughters, 
Becky and Katie who were looking over SBC, 
Randolph-Macon and Hollins. And to complete 

the report of their old suite foursome, Alice 
and Patsy Davin Robinson visited by telephone 
at Christmas. Patsy's young Sandy is a 
sophomore at Princeton now. 

A Christmas card from Preston Hodges Hill 
reports that all the Hills are hale and hardy. 
Young Gene III is at Middleburg; Margaret, 16, 
and Virginia, 14, are both in high school in 
Denver; Preston stays busy with SB work and 
Planned Parenthood. 

A very distressing note from Lindsay Coon 

Robinson tells of her husband's miraculous 
survival following an automobile accident in 
which he was struck by a tractor-trailer. He 
sustained a punctured lung, heart injury, 8 
broken ribs, and the loss of many teeth. This 
happened in July, but Lindsay reports that he 
gave up his crutches just before Christmas, 
and was allowed to drive again. In the 
meantime, Lindsay says she has been a com- 
bination nightingale and thunderbird! 

From Paris comes news from Patricia Brown 


Boyer who tells of their new home in Neuilly, 
an old, big apartment which they bought and 
are now in the process of re-doing. She also 
reports a wonderful vacation in Portugal in 
June. Young Jean Maurice is three and is en- 
rolled in a French "jardin d'enfant"! 

Additional foreign news comes from Mary 
Virginia Grigsby Mallet who is now situated 
in Woking, southeast of London. Mary Virginia 
says that life is more relaxed in England 
though she stays busy enough to suit her with 
the four children in four different schools in 
three different towns, and not one single 
PTA! Their two oldest sons spent 2 weeks at 
the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico last 
summer, but the family holiday was a trip to 
Majorca at Easter-time. I'm green! 

Marcia Fowler Smiley, after 17 years, has 
given up her work with Reader's Digest, and 
is now enjoying a 3-day work week com- 
muting to New York as a Computer Manage- 
ment Consultant. She says the main focus is 
on office organization, planning computer ap- 
plications, installations, plus personnel train- 
ing and benefits. Very impressive! 

News from Vidmer Megginson Ellis in Mo- 
bile tells us that their daughter Louise grad- 
uated from Centenary College in Hacketts- 
town, N. J., and then made her debut in Mo- 
bile last winter. She was married in August 
to Coleman Oswalt, a medical student at the 
Un. of Ala. after graduating from Vanderbilt. 
Vidmer reports that Barbara Sloan Pearsall's 
son, Ted, came to the wedding en route to 
enroll at the Un. of Texas. Vidmer's son, Frank, 
graduates from high school this year, and 
enjoyed a meeting with Polly Plummer Mackie 
and her family in Philadelphia while he was 
in the East for college interviews. The Meg- 
ginson's youngest son, Stanley, is still at home 
and in the ninth grade. The whole family en- 
joys their summer home at Point Clear, Ala. 

From Mary Fran Brown Ballard comes word 
of their move to Princeton last summer after 
20 years in the Houston area! She saw Ann 
Holmes Bryan, husband Bob, and daughter 
Lee at Princeton for Parents' Day. Jeff Bryan 
is a freshman and member of the Princeton 
swimming team. 

Marie Musgrove McCrone has two daughters 
in college: Susan is a Junior at Mary Baldwin, 
and Sherry a freshman at Southern Seminary 
Junior College. The youngest daughter, Mar- 
garet, was voted May Queen at her Jr. High 
this year. Marie and Richard planned a trip 
to Ireland in the fall after settling all the 
girls in school. Marie also reports working 
with the Richmond Youth Symphony Orchestra 
at their rehearsals. A grand reunion in Oc- 
tober was enjoyed by Marie and Richard with 
Ann Eustis Weimer and John and Judy Easley 
Mak and Dayton. They met in Washington and 
reported a delightful time. Judy Mak's 
daughter, Holly, is a freshman at Mt. Holyoke 
College where she is a classmate of Bea 
Dingweli Loos' daughter, Peggy. 

Sal lie Legg De Martlne's oldest son, Arthur, 
is a freshman at Kenyon College. Sally Strick- 
land Johnson is living in Memphis now after 
six fascinating years overseas, two in Manila 
and four in Rome. She says they are still ex- 
periencing "reverse culture" shock in the pro- 
cess of adjusting to a new part of the country 
and a vastly changed America! A highlight of 
their year was a visit last fall from Marilyn 
Hopkins and Jim Bamborough. The Johnson 
family includes Chip, 16, Janie, 14, plus an 
18 year-old, well-travelled cat and an Italian 
German shepherd! 

Mary Louise Wagner Forrester's 1969 Christ- 
mas card has somehow found its way into 

my information well, and it contains much 
news of all the Forrester family of Alexandria, 
Va. Mary Lou keeps busy managing three 
youngsters, searching for antiques, heading 
the local Civic Association, plus tripping off 
to Europe in '69. Husband Gene is still at the 
Pentagon where he is Executive Officer for 
the Army's Vice Chief of Staff. He has just 
been promoted to Brigadier General, and ex- 
pects a new assignment along with the pro- 
motion. Son Chip is now 16, and well-versed 
in French after a Classroom Abroad program 
last summer in France. Daughter Pam is 14, 
and Lilabet is a third grader. 

Our #1 class producer, Kay Bryan Edwards, 
reports much activity among her flock of 8 
youngsters! Howard and Bryan are at the Un. 
of Va., Kathleen is at Kenyon Colege in Ohio, 
John is at Oak Ridge Military Institute in 
Greensboro, and the four youngest, all girls, 
are at a new private school in Greensboro 
which Kay helped to start and with which 
she is spending much of her time. Kay says 
that her life "is definitely schizophrenic— teen- 
age confidante, band-aid dispenser, modern- 
math explainer, and peace-pusher." 

Polly Plummer Mackie, Jack, Alex, and Alli- 
son spent three glorious weeks abroad last 
summer. With close friends and children, they 
shared a 60 ft. motor-sailer with a built-in 
crew of five! Polly says they cruised through 
the Aegean Islands for 12 days, plus spend- 
ing four days in Rome, and four in Athens. It 
must have been quite a jolt to come back 
down to earth! 

And also from Philadelphia comes word 
from Ruthie Garrett Preucel and her team. 
Young Bob, 15, is swimming for Episcopal 
Academy, as is brother Bill, 13. Ruthie, Jr., 
is at the Shipley School this year, in the same 
class with Allison Mackie. All three Preucels, 
plus Mama Ruth, are deeply involved in piano 
lessons. Sounds like Ruthie is taking up right 
where she left off at SBC! 

Fritzie Duncombe Millard and Grant report 
that they have opened up an antique shop in 
Essex, Conn., and are enjoying their new 
business venture. Fritzie's daughter, Carter, is 
married to a Un. of Chicago school-mate. And 
young Brooke is happily situated in kinder- 
garten. Grant Jr., 15, is at South Kent. 

1 had wonderful visits this fall from Mar- 
garet Towers Talman and Carter Van Deventer 
Slatery. They were in Memphis only a few 
weeks apart, both thanks to husbands' busi- 
ness. Ken and I had such fun at lunch with 
Margaret and husband, Carter, and later Mar- 
garet and 1 even enjoyed a tennis game and 
lunch with Mimi Semmes Dann. Carter and 
Herbert Slatery were here for the Liberty 
Bowl weekend, but we managed a fun-filled 
evening reunion. Carter's oldest son, Herbert, 
Jr., is a sophomore this year at the Un. of 
Va., and her other two boys, Charles and 
Hugh, are in high school in Knoxville. The 
Clarks thoroughly enjoyed having Charles 
down for a few days last summer as Ken 
Ill's houseguest. The two boys lived on the 
golf course from early morning till sunset, 
practicing to be future champs! 

Another second-generation friendship, this 
time in the tennis field, developed last sum- 
mer at Camp Sequoya in Va. when Margaret 
Towers Talma n's Nell defeated our Ellen in 
the camp tennis tournament. Our boys had 
gone through this same defeating experience 
with the Slatery boys at Mountain Lake Camp 
several years ago. Just wait, we're working 
on five-year old Allison now, preparing her 
for future competition! 

Margaret Talman reports that Ann Lane 

Hereford's husband, Frank, has resigned his 
job as Provost of the Un. of Va. to return to 
full-time teaching and research at the Uni- 
versity. And Libby Trueheart Harris is chair- 
man of the Women's Division of the United 
Givers' Fund in Richmond. 

And our own Clark clan continues healthy 
and happy. The oldest two. Ken 17, and Ellen 
16, have just returned from a week of skiing 
with the Young Life group outside of Denver. 
They have become addicted, and we may be 
forced to change from summer-time vacationers 
in the sun and surf to winter-time ski bums! 
We also have to begin doing some serious 
thinking about colleges soon! Ramsay, 14, and 
Mark, 12, are still content with basketball, 
and Allison, 5, has been "helping" me all 
day with these notes by hanging over the 
typewriter (even punching a few times!), and 
thoroughly enjoying Santa Claus all over again 
through your Christmas cards. She's now deep 
in Sesame Street, and I must confess to taking 
a few peeks myself every now and then! You 
can see I've progressed a long way since SBC! 


Anne Joyce Wyman (Mrs. Joseph C), 136 East 

64th Street New York, N.Y. 10021 

Fund Agent 

June Arata Pickett (Mrs. Robert W.), 559 

Colonial Ave., Westfield, N.J. 07090 


Brooks Elliott Hamblett, 3rd child of Mary 

Stagg, and Ken, born September 25, 1970 

7 lbs. 6 oz. 

Kay Amsden is still teaching in New Hamp- 
shire and is looking forward to summer and 
her garden. They still had snow up there as 
of May 1st. Last year she took a trip to Texas 
in August. Donna Anderson Mullens makes 
frequent trips to Mexico where her husband, 
David, has business interests. She is also very 
active with the Little Theater. June Arata 
Pickett and Bob had their share of sickness 
in the family during the past year. I hope all 
goes well now. June would love to receive 
checks from everyone for the fund. Our class 
should do better. 

Nancy Bomar Andrews and David, who 
practices and teaches here in New York, have 
headed west and north to our ski country for 
conventions. Ginny Dunlap Shelton says she 
keeps busy with lots of car-pooling. Her three 
boys go to three different schools. She and 
Tom saw Betsy Lewis and Ken Enney before 
they and their two children were transferred 
from Albany, Georgia. Polly Sloan and Jim 
Shoemaker live a couple of hours away and 
have been down to visit a couple of times — 
most recently for the steeple chase. Polly 
skis and rides. Anne Elliott Caskie loves Rich- 
mond. She too is determined to master the 
art of skiing. 

Kim Green and John Stone and five children 
ages fifteen to one went to Arizona for Christ- 
mas. Despite the bad weather they had 
grand dove and quail hunting. John was in 
South Africa last June and Columbia this 
March. He is Assistant Chief Geologist for 
Hanna Corporation. Another traveling member 
recently was Janet Hamilburg Churchill and 
her husband. A real quickie! Around the 
world in under two weeks. They bought nine 
harness horses in Australia for various owners 
here in the states. I read of their purchases 
here in the New York papers. Janet is still 
raising and showing Labrador Retrievers. 


I'm sorry that we can't buy Eleanor Hirsch 
Baer's enamel work here in New York any 
more but America House has gone out of 
business. Her work however has been in 
three juried craft shows around the country 
this past winter — and she hopes that it wilt 
continue to be accepted. Ginny Hudson is an- 
other skier, enjoying weekends in New Hamp- 
shire. Last summer she spent some time in 
Ireland and Scotland. Lynne Kerwin Byron 
supplied me with addresses of two "lost" 
members, but no news. Mary Kimball Grier 
and family are becoming nautical with their 
newly purchased sailboat which will sleep 
their family of five. They'll use it on a Ken- 
tucky lake. Her New England husband misses 
the sea shore. 

Mary Littlejohn Bever is working on her 
Ph.D. in English at Auburn. She has had some 
of her poems published. Margaret Long 
Parker was chairman of the Junior League 
Charity Ball of Austin in 1971. She and her 
husband, Charles had a nice vacation in San 
Juan in February. M. A. Mellon Root and 
John say that everthing is moving steadily 
along — no exciting news. Actually, that seemed 
to be the general tone of most of the notes I 
received. Just routine days, weeks and months. 

Caroline Miller Ewing plays lots of golf in 
the summer. She is a member of a bridge 
club and plays once a week. When she can 
get away in the winter she goes to Del ray. 
Cinnie Moorhead McNair reports that her life 
is remaining at a status-quo. She, Norm, and 
their three boys 16, 14 and 12 still get to 
Maine in the summer. I hear often from Nan 
O'Keefe. She is the best letter writer. She was 
in England and Ireland last September and 
had a magnificent time. She is still in Hous- 
ton, but has a new apartment. I hope we'll 
see her up here this summer or fall for a visit. 
Another skier is Jane Perry Liles. She and 
George went about every other weekend this 
winter to the mountains in North Carolina. 
They saw Polly Sloan Shoemaker at Buck 
Mountain one weekend. They also visited Joan 
Brophy and Tom Tyree a year ago up in 

Gloria Rawls Askew also is busy with the 
usual chauffeuring and volunteer work. Her 
girls now 15 and 10 swam regularly all winter 
long in a heated outdoor pool. The advantage 
of living in the south. We have yet to have 
spring up here in New York. As you read in 
the beginning Mary Stagg Hamblett is the 
proud mother of her second son born last 
fall. She and Ken were planning to have a 
spring trip to Bermuda. 

Kirk Tucker Clarkson saw Martha Black 
Gordon at last year's Junior League Annual 
conference in Boca Raton. Kirk is the president 
of the Norfolk League and Martha was the 
delegate from Mexico City. On another Junior 
League jaunt Kirk had dinner with Liz Ray 
and Ptnkney Herbert in Charlotte. Last August 
Kirk and Jack spent a long weekend with 
Betty Behlen and Sam Strother at Camp Green- 
brier in West Virginia. She said that they 
really had fun. She also wrote that Polly 
Sloan Shoemaker broke her knee skiing in 
January and then while she was laid up, 
husband Jim took the oldest boys skiing and 
he broke his ankle. 1 hope the Shoemakers 
are all back in one piece now. 

I caught up with Sa Hie Wemple VanRees in 
Holland after my skiing in Switzerland and 
had a long telephone conversation with her. 
She is fine, speaks Dutch fluently and lives in 
a small attractive town, Loren, wilh her two 
children, a girl and a boy. She has made 

many trips back to the states over the past 
seventeen years, and may come again this 

Nancy McDonald visited Eleanor Johnson 
Ashby over the Christmas holidays. She is 
still working as an assistant to the president 
of a New York bank. Eleanor has chaired 
the new Information Referal and Volunteer 
Project funded by O.E.O., the Junior League, 
and Community Planning Council. She and 
her husband went to Mexico before Easter. 

Jane Yoe and Warner Wood are fine. They 
spent Easter in Williamsburg. Now they are 
thinking of going to London in June for the 
British Antiques Fair. They went last year — 
then Jane went to Greece on an Archeological 
tour in August and September and recently 
this spring was in San Francisco and Colorado. 
Two days after that trip she hosted a S.B.C. 
alumnae meeting of fifty. I had a Christmas 
card from Joan Brophy and Tom Tyree — a 
picture of their four very handsome sons. They 
are still in Alexandria. Flo Pye Apy sent me 
a picture postal of Chet at the helm of a 
boat — but no other news. 

Now to us, The Wymans. Joseph and I 
still seem to keep the same schedule. Last fall 
he had to go to London and Paris for business 
so Anneke and I went to Holland to visit his 
family. Then this winter we again skted in 
Davos where we had a little more sun than 
last year. And then a weekend in Holland 
to see his family. Now we are racing back 
and forth between the seashore and the city 
and hopefully come June I'll be in the country 
for the summer with no volunteer work, or 
charity functions etc. — just tennis, swimming 
and my vegetable garden. 

Now, please send me news anytime. I'll 
save it carefully until next April. Also, if 
anyone ever is in New York please call. Let 
me hear from you! 



Judith Greer Schulz (Mrs. Stephen) 3810 
Meredith Dr., Fairfax, Virginia 22030 
Fund Agent 

Kay Prothro Yeager (Mrs. Frank J.) 2111 Avon- 
dale, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308 

Lucy Canary Ringle and Randolph W. 
Church, Jr., July 4, 1970. 

To Margaret Storey Abernathy, a daughter, 
Winifred Storey, April 1, 1970. 

To Louise Cobb Boggs, a daughter, Alice 
Harrison, May 10, 1970. 

To Judith Rohrer Davis, a son, Timothy 
Rohrer, June 3, 1970. 

To Ann Hammond Dure, a son, Preston 
Kendrick, April 12, 1970. 

To Willia Fales Eckerberg, a son, Christo- 
pher, January, 1 971 . 

To Janna Staley Fitzgerald, a son, Staley 
Scott, June 14, 1970. 

The year of the 10th. Excuse the stale news 
this issue — those lucky enough to get back 
for reunion are pretty well up on children's 
names and husbands' jobs— just wish al! of us 
could have made it to SB for the occasion. I 
just had to get back and relive one of those 
lovely May afternoons in the dell with a 
blanket and good book! The dells are slightly 
encroached upon, what with new buildings 
galore, but SB still has that serenity I can't 
seem to find in these days of perpetual 

Had an interesting letter from Marilyn 

Dreesman Chuang, who is leading quite the 
glamorous life in Hong-Kong— one of three 
SBC alumnae there along with Min Kwan and 
Katy MacDonald, both of the class of '60. 
Marilyn and her husband Jack travel through- 
out the Far East and she gets to the States 
twice a year. She has just completed a crash 
course in Cantonese and is excited about 
racing season, with her Australian-bred horses. 
Marilyn had hoped to meet Jane Garst Lewis 
for lunch in Toyko soon, but I've just learned 
that Jane and Don have moved to Portugal, 
where Jane teaches night courses for Berlitz 
and keeps their three children in tow. 

I enjoyed seeing Mary Denny Scott Reid 
and Bagley on a recent visit to Washington. 
With the three boys now in school Mary Denny 
conducts a weekly walking tour of the Met- 
ropolitan Museum of Art and devotes time to 
Virginia's Stratford Hall and the Big Sisters, 
Inc. I also saw Rue Wallace Judd, who lived 
in Arlington and keeps busy with two little 
girls and with SB's alumnae group. 

Polly Chapman Herring runs Houston's 
"Herring Zoo" (Lucy, 7; Fredliet, 6; and Hilary, 
1), reads spicy books, and is planning a trip 
to London in May with husbqnd Fred. Also in 
Texas is Jill Crawford McLaughlin, whose hus- 
band Mac is a food broker in the institutional 
line. Daughter Heather (6) is in the 1st form 
at St. Mary's Hall, her mother's alma mater. 

Motherhood has induced Ann Hammond 
Dure's retirement as publications editor at 
the University of Georgia, but she still man- 
ages some free-lance writing. Margaret Storey 
Abernathy writes of a big year, with the birth 
of a sister for Andrew IV (5) and Andy's 
move to his own office in internal medicine. 

Tita Hatcher has treated herself to a sab- 
batical after 6V2 years of teaching. A three 
weeks' course in pottery at the Penland School 
of Crafts and she was "hooked" — is now do- 
ing further study in crafts. 

Wood side, Calif., is home for Claiborne 
Smith Jones, whose husband heads Robert 
Trent Jones, Inc., in Palo Alto, a golf course 
designing firm. Two sons, Trent (4) and 
David (1), plus Junior Jeague work keep 
Claiborne active. In New Orleans, Lou Chap* 
man Hoffman keeps busy with young Donald 
while husband Don practices admiralty law. 

Bee Newman Thayer remains a faithful con- 
tributor to the news — she and Brad have three 
children and live in Madison, New Jersey. Be- 
sides making yearly trips to Virginia, she keeps 
in touch with the New Yorkers and many 
others in the class. 

Keep writing! If we missed you in May, see 
you at the 15th. 



Dryden Childs Everett (Mrs. Morris, Jr.) 2340 

Tudor Dr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio 441 06 

Fund Agent 

Laura Haskell Phinizy (Mrs. Stewart, III) 756 

Tripps Court, Augusta, Georgia 30904 


Ellie Crockett Cole to W. Lee Jeffers, November 

28, 1970. 


Susan McMillan Athey to George and Betty 
Boswell Athey, Oct. 10, '70. 

Darcy Shelton Christhilf to Stu and Sherry 
Bradford Christhilf, April 13, '70. 

Edwin I. Hatch, III, to Edwin and Trudy 
Dowd Hatch, July 7, 70. 

John Hayes Batson to Neal and Jean Flan- 
agan Bat son, Jan. 28, '71. 

Christina Clark Luther to Steve and Libba 


Hanger Luther, Aug. 11, 70. 

Catherine Ann Thurlow to Steve and Chris 
Kilcullen Thurlow, March 9, '71. 

John Early McDonald, III, to John and 
Mary K. Lee McDonald, Nov. 27, 71. 

Kristina duPont Reynolds to Brad and Lynn 
Morgan Reynolds, Oct. 4, '70. 

Richard Beverly Raney, III, to Bev and Mibs 
Sebring Raney, Dec. 22, '70. 

Elizabeth Wyatt Lutsk to Bruce and Barney 
Walker Lutsk, May 2, 70. 

Marshall Carney Taylor, Jr., to Marshall and 
Kathleen Watson Taylor, March 10, 70. 

Cynthia Ellen Maclvor to John and Juliet 
Young Maclvor, June 27, 70. 

With a delightful stack of answers to the 
December newsletter at hand, let's plunge 
right in! 

Betty Boswell Athey reports that her hus- 
band George has had his dissertation ap- 
proved and now has his Ph.D. in psychology. 
He will spend one half his time teaching at 
the University of Alabama and the rest doing 
therapy at the University Student Health 
Center. Betty went back to work part-time in 
January at Partlow, the state institution for 
the mentally retarded, where she had worked 
for two years as a master's level psychologist 
before Susan was born. 

There is one correction to be made concern- 
ing Barbara Youmans Beck; apparently she 
has not, as stated, received her Ph.D., but 
having passed her oral examination for it a 
year ago, was doing research for her disserta- 
tion when heard from last. 

Alice Virginia Dodd is working toward com- 
pleting the requirements for an M.A.T. in 
French from the University of Louisville. In 
addition she is a part-time reference librarian 
in the University library and a student teacher 
in an inner-city school. Combining business 
with pleasure, she spent last summer studying 
French at I'Universite de Nuechatel in the 
western part of Switzerland. 

Back at the books, too, is Pryor Hale, after 
an impressive-sounding stint in Washington, 
D. C. There she "was Director of Federal Re- 
lations for a professional organization, the 
Association for Educational Communications 
and Technology." Here is her letter showing 
that she really knows her business . . . it's so 
full of facts that it really couldn't be ab- 
stracted. "My job was to coordinate all con- 
tact between the Association and Congress, the 
Executive Branch, and various departments, 
H.E.W., Interior, Justice, etc. . . . this meant 
testifying before senate and house Committees 
on education legislation, drafting some legisla- 
tion, organizing legislative workshops in vari- 
ous parts of the country, and about six mil- 
lion other things." She was also a delegate 
to the White House Conference on Children in 
December. In January she moved back to 
Charlottesville and is now trying to complete 
40 hours of graduate study in educational 
psychology and communications in 12 months. 
When that is over, Pryor hopes to go back 
to her old job and go to law school part-time 
as well. 

Two Baltimoreans answered the newsletter: 
Sally Beer Murray has "filled an educational 
gap" by taking up sailing. She and her hus- 
band Bill escape their apartment during the 
summer as often as possible and repair to a 
cottage in Harwood, Md. Sherry Bradford 
Christhilf is educating herself, too, with a silk 
screen course at the Maryland Art Institute. 
She and Stu, who is an institutional broker 
for Francis I. Dupont-Glore Forgan, enjoy ski- 
ing when not riding the stock market roller- 

Another broker's wife (Lee is vice-president 

and resident manager of Boettcher and Co., 
investments, in Colorado Springs, Colorado), is 
Ellie Crockett Jeffers. She did get to Ireland 
for "a fabulous seven weeks" in the summer, 
then went to Rhode Island with Nicky Batter- 
son Hall and family for the America's Cup 

Lyn Graham is no longer "lost". She's hap- 
pily ensconced as the executive secretary for 
the manager of the Dorado Beach Hotel in 
Puerto Rico. She's being trained for program- 
ming "our EECOTEL computer . . . hotel reserva- 
tions and front office accounting systems," 
and feels happy to be "on an island . . . 
missing differences in climate and seasons" 
when she hears Bea Totten Britton expound 
on the horrors of cold spells in Mass. Lyn 
lived with Brookie Patterson Mahlstedt's family 
for a while and expects to see Brookie when 
her husband goes off for a cruise with Uncle 
Sam. Brookie writes that she and Paul, who 
is now on an oiler with the Navy, are work- 
ing their way north from Charleston to Nor- 
folk and would "love to see any 65ers who 
pass this way." 

In Norfolk when last heard from was Kath- 
leen Watson Taylor, no longer a social worker, 
now a happy wife and mother to year-old 
Carney. Husband Marshall is almost through 
his year of internship at Norfolk General 
Hospital, waiting to hear whether summer will 
bring the Army or a residency. Trudy Dowd 
Hatch, with husband Edwin in his third year 
of residency (going into pediatric surgery), is 
in Denver until July. They find the skiing and 
camping out there a lot of fun. 

From the really deep South writes Alice 
Perry. She's digging into life literally; when 
not "making hotdogs" in the family business, 
she's farming a piece of land in the Palochic 
Valley, northeast of Guatemala City, Guate- 
mala. She's been planting corn and rice but 
hopes eventually to turn it over completely to 
cattle. She was hoping that the International 
Department of Rutgers University would be 
making some experiments on soil and crops 
there ... so that she'd have their help in addi- 
tion to her basic SBC biology! 

From Edinburgh, Scotland, writes an alum 
with an M.A. in fine arts, Magdalena Salvesen. 
After SBC she spent a year at St. Andrews, 
two at Courtland Institute in London, and two 
months wandering in the middle East. She's 
now "Art Assistant" with the Scottish Arts 
Council and helps organize exhibitions all 
around Scotland. 

Not too far away is Mibs Sebring Raney, 
looking forward to thawing out soon in Dur- 
ham, N. C, since only a few months are left 
for them in Germany before Bev becomes a 
fellow in pediatric hematology at Duke Uni- 
versity. Having survived a hectic Christmas 
which brought a second child, Mibs was ex- 
pecting a visit from Alison Flynn Ringdal at 
the end of Jan. 

Caroline Richardson Cutler said her letter 
was "hasty" because her 6' AVi" (!) husband 
Tom was "demanding Waldorf-Astoria style 
service" while recuperating from hepatitis. 
Hasty or not, it was fascinating to hear about 
her three years in Nairobi. "Tom has been 
with the Ford Foundation as Assistant to the 
Representative for East Africa . . . and has been 
responsible for overseeing the Foundation's 
programs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and 
Tanzania. So we've been in a position to do 
a lot of travelling, meet fascinating people 
(such as Richard Leakey, for whom I worked 
for a year), make friends from all over the 
globe, go on safaris to see the unbelievably 
beautiful wildlife out here, and in Nairobi it- 
self, live a plush little life in a climate that is 

like eternal summertime. Small wonder we hate 
to leave. But Tom wants to go back to school 
(Columbia) to get an M.B.A. in international 
business, so in May we're heading for the 
jungles of New York City." Interestingly 
enough, Caroline found that the wife of the 
U. S. Ambassador out there is also a Sweet 
Briar graduate! 

Back in this hemisphere again we find that 
Libba Hanger Luther has moved again. Having 
spent eight months in Bogota, "just long 
enough to have a baby and come back again" 
to Honduras, she and Steve are now in San 
Pedro Su!a, Honduras, where he is the as- 
sistant to the manager. They'd love to have 
any 65ers touring Central America drop in. 

Leaving the world travellers, we're back in 
the United States where California claims some 
classmates. In Carlsbad is Traylor Rucker who 
says "the weather's great for tennis and the 
beach." She's doing a lot of travelling in the 
West. In Palo Alto, Carol Ann Reifsnyder 
Rhoads sees Susie Strong McDonald and her 
family occasionally; Carol's hucband Bob com- 
pleted his Ph.D. in September and is now do- 
ing a post-doctorate at Stanford University. 

Speaking of McDonalds, Mary K. Lee Mc- 
Donald is really busy in Richmond. In the time 
her new son leaves her, she's still selling Real 
Estate, but her biggest outside project is her 
Junior League work with the Children's Mus- 
eum, begun three years ago. She has been in 
charge of the weekend programs and work- 
shops, and finds it very rewarding work... 
says the children are so responsive. 

Also in Virginia, though at Woodbridge, is 
Juliet Young Mclvor, busy with a large new 
house and new daughter; elder daughter 
Tracey is a big help now. Her husband John 
is senior Systems Representative for Honey- 
well and will be making the long commute to 
Bethesda, Md. for a few years until the new 
offices are built at Tyson's Corner, nearer 
their new home. 

An ex-Virginian turned New Yorker is Chris 
Kilcullen Thurlow who explains that Steve is 
in the stock market and she is with Harper's 
Bazaar... or was until their family enlarged. 

Alice Harrison Schmitt writes from her new 
house in Locust Valley, N. Y. that they're 
finally getting settled enough for her to take 
up needlepoint. Also settling down to house- 
wifery is Foy Roberson Cooley who is enjoy- 
ing its creative and relaxed pace as compared 
with her life on Wall Street. 

Nearby in Hartford, Conn, is Barney Walker 
Lutsk who has found her Southern blood a 
little thin for a Connecticut winter. [Her new 
address is 117 Loomis Drive, West Hartford, 
Conn. 06107], she lives near Toni Thomas 
Britton and Skip. Barney's husband Bruce 
finished his doctorate at Duke in June and 
now is Assistant Professor in the School of 
Education at the University of Hartford. Toni 
has illuminated Barney's remarks by adding 
that they have a wonderful sitter arrange- 
ment; since Barney has no washing machine 
and Toni hates to take son "Tom out in this 
record-breaking New England winter, . . . Barn- 
ey and her little girl Wyatt come to my house 
and do three loads of wash while I dash out 
to the grocery store." They little dreamed in 
their days at House Three that they'd be doing 

Maine claims Sara lyn McAfee Smith, but 
probably not for long since Hamp finishes his 
Air Force committment in August. They were 
thinking in terms of graduate school for him 
in Colorado, according to her last note. 

Katie Wood Clarke and Katie Weinrich van 
Geel are now New Eng landers also. Katie 
Clarke is now thawing out from her years in 


Alaska in Whitinsville, Mass. where she's 
ecstatic over modern conveniences, grocery 
stores, and nearness to doctors. Her husband, 
Dick, is now the rector of Trinity Episcopal 
Church. The other men in her life, Douglas, 4, 
will enter kindergarten in the fall and Chris- 
topher, 2, will go to p re-kindergarten school 
in Whitinsville. Katie went on the SBC tour 
of Europe in April and I hope we'll hear from 
her and other travellers what happened. Katie 
van Geel is busy in Cambridge, Mass., where 
she is in charge of Harvard's Geological 
Science Library, and Tyll is finishing up an 
Ed.D. in education administration at Harvard's 
Graduate School of Education. Katie sounds 
"liberated" but still attends a weekly women's 
liberation collective, takes Scottish dancing 
and folk dancing, and attends lectures, movies, 
and plays in the area. In their f ree(?) time 
they escape to Maine for hiking and camping. 
Moving down the coast we come to New 
York. In Schenectady we find Nancy Moss 
McDaniel who moved East from Indiana in 
December. Her husband Bill is in advertising 
for General Electric which is headquartered in 
New York. While in Indiana Nancy worked 
for 10 months as an interviewer for the 
Indiana State Employment Services, but now 
enjoys being a housewife, particularly since 
they live in the Stockade area of Schenectady, 
the location of the original 17th century settle- 
ment. Most of the houses are 18th or 19th 
century, "a very comfortable atmosphere for 
a Virginian," she writes, "though we have 
yet to see the ground in a winter which has 
brought 94 inches of snow." 

In New York City, Wiggie McGregor Leon is 
still buying non-leather handbags for Lord and 
Taylor and skiing with her husband Bill in 
spare minutes. He is "now the controller and 
chief financial officer for 'The Learning Child/ 
educational concern for kids." Earlier this 
year The New York Times included Wiggie in 
an article on youthful "full-fledged buyer(s) 
for ... prestigious store(s)." They credited "tall, 
blonde Olivia" with a Southern drawl! 

South of N. Y. we find our next alums in 
North Carolina. Jane Moore Stubbs and her 
mother had planned on going on the SBC 
tour of Europe but had to cancel at the last 
minute. Betsy Knode Campbell and her mother 
went along. Betsy's enjoying life at Fort 
Rucker, Ala., living out in the country on a 
farm "with dogs, horses, and kids." She's 
dying to get in touch with any other SBC 
ladies In the area. Jane writes from New Bern, 
N. C. that Buzzy finished his clerkship with 
Judge Larkins last May and is now in private 
practice. They are near the beach and have 
had a visit from Whitney Jester since 

Natalie Lemmon Parker's Christmas 
read like a soap opera. Her move 
Raleigh to Charlotte was fraught with snags 
including a trip to the hospital after baby 
Josh arrived, a move into a two- room apart- 
ment one week later because their new house 
wasn't finished, a stay with in-laws (same 
reason), and finally a move into their unfinish- 
ed house on October 3. All seems quiet now 
and Natalie seems delighted to have Joe off 
the road at last. She has found that Lanie 



Horton Snook takes her daughter to the same 
nursery school Natalie uses for Karen, 4. 

Atlanta's population climbed upward in 
January. Jean Flanagan Batson and Neal pro- 
duced a son and now they have a full house 
with their Golden Retriever puppy (girl). Ap- 
parently Atlanta claims quite a few 65ers 
since Jean reports seeing Elvira McMillan Tate, 
Carole Dudley (going to Georgia State Uni- 
versity and teaching there), and Aline Rex 
Calhoun. Aline's husband Lawson is now in 
Real Estate in Atlanta with Dean Sp ratlin. 

A very happy letter came from Connie 
Triplette Barker in New Orleans. She brought 
us up to date saying she'd finished law school 
at Ole Miss in '67 and is now teaching busi- 
ness law part time. Her husband, R. William 
Barker is completing the third year of his 
ear- nose-throat residency at Ochsners. They 
bought "the most beautiful house in the 
world" two years ago and are having a ball 
furnishing it, but their best news is that they 
plan to adopt "Bill, junior" in August. They 
have invited any Sweet Brtarites in the area 
to come and see them. 

From the Midwest, Topeka, Kan., comes word 
that Scribble Scribner Euston is now an art 
connoisseur. Greg is inventory manager for a 
"beautiful $15 million store; when he is 
through setting it up we will be gone (about 
Sept.)." Son Gus is in pre-school so Scribble 
has become a docent at the University gallery. 
Since Greg is on the program and visiting 
artist committees they often have fascinating 
dinner guests. They've become collectors and 
Scribbie writes "we need to move frequently 

With Sympathy We Report the Deaths of 
These Sweet Briar Alumnae 















Gilbert Currie (Dorothy Austin '24) 

Marion Tibbits '16 

October 12, 1969 

Harrison Wood (Frances Raiff '20) 

February 7, 1969 

John Vanderley (Shirley Zick '58) 

June 24, 1970 

Walter M. Boothby (Catharine Burns '15) 

August 4, 1970 

J. Whitman Joslin, Jr. (Josephine Murray '11) 

July 3, 1970 

David E. Toomey (Julia Harris '33) 

September 1970 

Dorothy Beam '63 

Murray Smith (Katharine McClay AC) 

December 18, 1969 

Florence Carey (Florence Doyle AC) 

Lloyd R. Hershberger (Harriett Williams '30) 

July 17, 1970 

Hubert H. Burke (Theodosia Clark AC) 

Dorette Oettinger AC 

John W. Crisler (Halle Moore '21) 

July 16, 1970 

Roger L. Nowland (Rosaline Schladermundt '21) 

July 1970 

May I. Paris '37 

July 18, 1970 

James N. Elliott, Jr. (Lloyd Lanier '38) 

October 1970 

A. E. Fleming (Anna Eve '25) 

Mary A. Scherr '25 

December 23, 1969 

Hester C. England '35 

N. A. Chrisman (Lorraine Bowles '22) 

November 1, 1970 

Mrs. James J. Ravenel (Dorothy Wallace AC) 

July 3, 1970 
Mrs. Frank H. Briganti (Margaret Leet '27) 

December 10, 1970 
Mrs. James M. Hagood (Antoinette Camp '16) 

December 29, 1970 
Mrs. Marion D. Avery (Marion Dailey '41) 

January 2, 1970 
Mrs. William Fletcher (Clare Erck '15) 

October 4, 1970 
Mrs. Francis M. Thigpen, Jr. (Nancy Stack '33) 

August 22, 1970 
Mrs. Kenneth L. Coghill (Bobbie Lee Estill '48) 

December 21, 1970 
Mrs. John Henry Troup (Gretchen Geib '35) 

February 4, 1971 
Mrs. W. H. D. Grant (Evelyn Redfield '20) 
Mrs. Hugh L. Macneil (Allen Bagby '41) 

March 14, 1971 
Mrs. Helen S. Carroll (Helen Case '22) 

January 26, 1970 
Mrs. Howard Luckhardt (Jean Altschul '49) 

April 7, 1971 
Mrs. Thomas J. Cotter (Mary Helen Howell '33) 
Mrs. Barbara F. Schiebel (Barbara Fish '38) 

February 28, 1971 
Mrs. Lucile W. McGehee (Lucile Warwick '21) 
Mrs. Bruce Frost (Eleanor Clark '30) 

April 4, 1971 
Miss Mildred Harris SP 

May 1971 
Mrs. Warren Clute, Jr. (Elizabeth Johnston '35) 

May 12, 1971 

to increase wall space!" 

Also from the Midwest, or Western New 
England, as some Ohioians call it, . . . Gay 
Plowden Freeman has moved to Canton, Ohio 
after four years in San Francisco, a great 
adjustment, particularly to the wind and cold. 
Jeff is working for Diebold there but they 
expect to be sent to the New York area in 
about a year. My own news is of a move to 
be made as soon as our present home is sold. 
Then our address will be 2222 Delamere Dr., 
Cleve. Hgts., O. 44106. It would be great 
fun to take breaks from painting or papering 
to read letters from classmates there, and 
since I'd like to get a newsletter out around 
Nov. 1, please keep those cards and letters 

A last note, and a sad one ... on behalf 
of the entire class, I'd like to express sympathy 
to Marianne Micros Kapetanios who lost her 
husband in an automobile accident just be- 
fore Christmas. 

6455 Overlook Dr., Alexandria, 


Sue Scanlan 
Va. 22312 
Fund Agent 

Ann Arnspiger, 1101 Collier Road, N.W., Apt. 

N-6, Atlanta, Ga. 30318 


Ann Austin Arnspiger to Kent Canipe. 


Bev Bassett to William Kimmel 

Sue Bissell to Loren Wood 

Mary Chestnutt to Michael Flint 

Judy Daniels to Robert Adams, Jr. 

Cathy Hall to Edward H. Stopher 

Kay Hutton to Robert B. Eadie 

Jane llling worth to Richard Pierce 

Peggy McLean to James Domble 

Beth Maunsell to Michael L Hughes 

Dina Moser to Brian McGuinn 

Carol Norman to Alan Fontenot 

Lisa Smith to Trude C. Taylor, Jr. 

Trudy Stephenson to Jonathan L. Willes 

Kathy Trimble to Kim Ladowig 

Nancy Wendling to Thomas Carl Peacock 


Alisa Melanie Attie, to Maurice and Barbara 

Kent Attie, born 13 January 1971. 
Kimberly Ann Bristol, to Roger and Rosemary 

Warner Bristol. 
Jack Marshall Miller, to Dusty and Kathy 

Montz Miller, born 5 April 1971. 
Alison Warren Bachman Coffey, to Shelby and 

Mary Lee Bell Coffey, born on 31 December 


One somehow finds it difficult to be rele- 
vant while sorting through Christmas card 
gossip in April. Especially since this Yuletide 
news won't wend its way into your mailboxes 
until August. I remember shrieking about 
"communication gaps" during my residence 
at Sweet Briar, never dreaming I'd become a 
perpetrator of one in my declining years. So 
. . . my abject apologies to the '69 offspring 
whose recent births are announced above — 
by now, they can probably read the magazine 

As I am now permanently ensconced in the 
D.C. area, I will give precedence to our home- 
town entourage. If you're looking for the 
best home-cooked cuisine this side of the 
Refec's "Cheese Betty", let me recommend the 
Donald & Pierro Establishment on the edge of 
Georgetown. For the price of one measly 
parking ticket, Linda and Darleen provided 

spareribs and cherry pie that one could write 
poetry about! And then you can spend the 
rest of the evening drooling over their gorge- 
ous slides from last summer's jaunt to Ger- 
many. Darlene is skinny as a rail, with a 
short, shingled haircut and about 25 square 
feet of bruises from her latest attempts at 
skiing. Donald is freelancing for a photogra- 
phy studio in Virginia (she covers weddings, 
for all you matrimonially-minded maidens!) 
and is working toward a green belt (Gokkqu — 
for the initiated) in karati. The two of them 
had just returned from a gala week of skiing 
in Salt Lake City with former SBC'ers Nancy 
Wise and Linda Rittenhouse. 

Had a conversation with Martha Brewer 
awhile back. Turns out she is with the food 
stamps program in the Dept. of Agriculture 
and had a small if unknowing hand in denying 
my application for stamps when I was a 
poverty-stricken Tulane grad student. She, too, 
was into karati but is now planning a return 
to academia for a Masters in Philosophy at 
either UVa or the University of Georgia. 

Ronde Kneip is vacating her job at National 
Geographic— maybe some of you saw her name 
on the credits for the Geographic's TV specials 
on Ethiopia and Mongolia. Anyway, she's 
London-bound with no real job plans in mind 
and an Oxford/Cambridge romantic interest 
in the offing. Ronde did manage another 
all-expense paid trip to California before re- 
tiring the magazine scene and visited Rick 
and Peggy Davis Mildner while there. The 
Mildners will soon depart the sunny West 
Coast for equally sunny Spain and a two-year 
Navy hitch. O these hardship tours . . . 

Sylvia Wederath received her MA from 
Georgetown U. in English, is working part 
time at HEW and considering law school. 
A recent conversation with Kathy Kibbee re- 
vealed that she is leaving her job with the 
International Police or rather they are leaving 
her— for offices in Gaithersburg, Md.— and she 
is seeking employment at "Environmetrics," an 
urban planning computer center. Katinka re- 
ports that Elizabeth Wyatt will finish that 
second Masters in June and then plans to take 
MORE courses this summer. She's really taken 
to Boston and finds time for yoga, bicycling, 
modern dance, and tea groups while gathering 
in those degrees. Marcy Bernbaum will be 
transferring from Illinois to GW University in 
Washington with a nice fellowship. And Pam 
Sinex is still with the Navy, now on the 
Equal Employment Opportunity Council there. 

Pam Noyes has a new car, a new found 
interest in Rugby, and some exciting plans for 
a trip to San Francisco in April. Melissa Grif- 
fith (sharing aforementioned rugby interest) 
is in the process of restoring a two-way house 
on the Shenandoah River. 

Chris Riehl Simonsen has moved from Penn- 
sylvania into a new home in Fairfax, Va., 
where two year old son Scott keeps her busy. 
Mike and Mary Chesnutt Flint appeared out 
of the blue on moving day and cheerfully 
joined in the project. The Flints (he, formerly 
of Glasgow, Scotland) are now living and 
working in Toronto, Canada. 

I spoke with Mary Lee Bell Coffey, now the 
proud mother of a baby girl, Alison, born 
last New Year's Eve. Mary Lee worked with 
Nadar's Raiders last summer and fall, and is 
now Sweet Briar's D.C. liaison for all ecology 
efforts. Husband Shelby has done some great 
pieces for the Washington Post magazine, 

Nancy Trotter had a few exciting tidbits to 
offer. She wrecked her car in the Senate 

Office parking lot (she works for Howard 
Baker of Tenn. and met head-on with a girl 
from another Senatorial staff— probably some 
short-sighted Democrat!) Trotter has also met 
an interesting tennis player from Chicago and 
is planning a three-week European excursion 
next summer — to meet Marney Milan who 
should already be on the Continent. Also on 
Capitol Hill: Louise Willet, for J. S. Cooper of 
Ky.; and Gail Hemstreet Fell working for Herb 

Ann Briber, who works for American Express 
in D.C, not Western Union as I reported 
earlier, was just back from a Florida vacation 
to visit Jan Hudson Friemeyer and a NYC trip 
with Lynn Pearson (still shaking them up at 
the National Gallery). Snick and Shoe stayed 
with Jean Rushin and had lots to report about 
the Fat City Class's activities in the Fun City. 
Elizabeth Lewis had a fabulous job with 
Woman's Lib and from what I understand, 
an equally fabulous b.f., John. Ginny Stan- 
ford Perdue is still thrilled with big city living 
— despite those down home grits and cheese 
she serves visiting classmates. She and John 
are in the midst of building a harpsicord in 
their one-bedroom apartment and our old 
Class President can really wield a mean elec- 
tric drill. Dean and Frere Murchison Gornto 
are forsaking the concrete island for the green 
grass of the south, where daughter Catherine 
can learn to "walk in beauty". Before leaving, 
Frere kept busy typing for a French gourmet 
recipe book: grits a la francaise? 

While in the north, we should cover a few 
more class news items. Giana de Paul is now 
teaching French in a private high school in 
NYC at least for another year and then she 
plans to "bum around for a year with a 
recommendation in (her) pocket — just in case." 
Bryan Alphin Bente and husband Paul are 
both working on Ph.D.'s at Cornell in Chem- 
istry. Bryan writes she has temporarily given 
up the theatre to prevent flunking out. Bill 
and Bev Bassett Kimmel are living in Westport, 
Conn., while Bill works in NYC and Bev seeks 
employment. Kathy Trimble Ladowig is in 
Boston where husband Kim attends law school. 
(I had that last bit by way of Mimi Lane 
Hamilton who ran into Kathy in front of an 
ice cream parlor in Boston.) 

Mabry Chambliss Swanson will graduate 
from Swathmore in June, hoping to start work 
on her Masters in Classics while husband 
David starts law school. Sue Roessel will 
receive her MA from Syracuse in June and 
plans to teach in the Philadelphia area next 
year. Other "Brotherly Love" residents: Brian 
and Dina Moser McGuinn, although they're 
deserting the East Coast for "two glorious 
years in California". Barb Duffield is still at 
Bryn Mawr and is considering MTA study for 
teaching next fall. 

Moving down south, we have those SBC'ers 
who are moving back north: Keithley Rose 
Ewell and husband Tony are moving from 
Richmond back to NYC. He's now with a 
British sugar firm and there are chances for 
a transfer to London. Keithley writes that In 
a moment of "drunken stupor" last year she 
volunteered to sell SBC bulbs and she won the 
Richmond Alumnae Club's prize for the biggest 
sales! And here's an even more impressive 
item: Mrs. Ewell's grandmother-in-law is from 
Sweet Briar's first graduating class of 1910. 
She's 81, still travels to the Patch for meetings 
and has been decorated on many occasions 
by President Pannell. 

Diane DeLong Fitzpatrick will be leaving 
Charlottesville for D.C. sometime this summer 


as John is graduating from UVa. law and 
will be working as a clerk to the U.S. Court 
of Claims. Diane has done some free-lance 
art work in C'ville— even taken on the SBC 
Alum Magazine as Design Editor. She had 
her fill of the editorial branch back at Sweets. 

On UVa Medical Center stationery comes a 
letter from Ann Tremain Lee. Tree is still 
reception i sting at the doc's office as Saint 
finishes his third year of med school. She 
has also been our Class Alumnae Representa- 
tive on the Exec Council for the past two 

Also in C'ville, Courtney Cash, now studying 
guidance counseling in the School of Educa- 
cation. She'll be through her thesis this 
summer and is working at Howard Johnson's 
in her free time and "busy maintaining her 
playgirl image." Bonnie Greenspan Merriman 
is working for a local lawyer as husband 
Jim begins his first year of law school after 
two years in the service. Ann Wilson lives in 
Charlottesville and trains horses in Gordons- 

Michael Nexson loves her work as a pro- 
grammer in Richmond, even worked Sundays, 
but found time to become engaged to a 
MCV graduate. Anyone who read the last 
Alum magazine would know that Carolyn 
Jones is now back in Fredericksburg from 
Baltimore, teaching kindergarten with a little 
music on the side. 

Mr. and Mrs. E. Thomas Cox are currently 
considering a move back across the mountains 
to Sweet Briar. Tommy has a job with a 
Lynchburg law firm and Ginny Kay is pre- 
paring for her third year in the Admissions 
Office. Our career girl has even rationalized 
housework as one of those "good for your 
character deals that make you strong and 
tolerant and sympathetic and humble." Her 
last letter told of plans for a substitute honey- 
moon (her first was only two days in Myrtle 
Beach) in St. Thomas staying with an old and 
infamous Phi Kap fraternity brother of Tom- 

There seems to be a whole cluster of Navy 
wives in the Norfolk/Va. Beach area. Mimi 
Lane Hamilton wrote me a three-part epic 
(mainly because the first two parts were re- 
turned to her marked ADDRESSEE ABSCOND- 
ED from Tulane) about all the classmates she 
had run across and the glory of married life. 
The Hamiltons are godparents to Kimberly Ann 
Bristol, daughter of Roger and Rosemary 
Warner Bristol of Athens, Ga.— also Navy 
people. Mimi reports that Gene Anderson 
Pratt is headed back to the States after her 
years in Panama City but that husband Lowell 
might have another tour in Vietnam coming 
up. Other Norfolk encounters: with Sally 
Gibson Tully who was moving to the area as 
husband Larry finished law school and started 
Navy duty; with Betsy West Dripps and her 
darling baby son, Wes, the "littlest Dripp." 

Received a Christmas card from Nance Leach 
Hoder. Her husband Jay is an officer on an 
LSD— that's Landing Ship Dock for the uniniti- 
ated. The Hoders are hoping to be out of the 
Navy in time for Jay to start Wharton Busi- 
ness School next fall. Nance "finally" got her 
degree and is looking for a job teaching 11th 
or 12th grade English. 

Joan Horowitz is in her last year of grad 
school at UNC working toward an MA in 
Communications and is engaged to "someone 
from home." 

From Winston -Salem, comes news of Gary 

and Carol Moseley Tash. Gary is finishing his 
last year of law school at Wake Forest and 
they've moved into a plush new townhouse 
since he'll be working for a local law firm 
after graduation. Carol is working for Wacho- 
via Bank — a real cultural adjustment for an 
art major. The Tashes visited Dick and Sally 
Boucher Hovermale at Shenandoah Farms, Va., 
last summer. Sally is teaching Va. History 
again with a little real estate on the side and 
planning to break ground this spring for a 
new home. Carol also reports that Alice 
Powers Hudson was in Winston until husband 
Howard finished law school and entered the 
Air Force. 

Atlanta: Carolyn Mapp is Personnel Admin- 
istrator and Budget Coordinator for Georgia 
Bank Americard. Hay den Ridley, after grad- 
uating from UNC, went to the NY School of 
Interior Design and is now working in an 
Atlanta fabric house. She shares an apartment 
with former SBC'er Wendy Jones. Midge 
Yearly, home from a huge and enviable trip 
abroad with her sister Dorsey, is also in town 
seeking employment. 

Maria Ward is working toward an MA 
in math at the University of South Carolina 
on a fellowship and teaching a class of fresh- 
man as well. She reports that Peggy McLean 
Domble is living in Carlsboro, S.C., while hus- 
band Jimmy finishes his law degree. 

Jane Merriam, still at HUD in D.C., supplied 
all the details of Nancy Wendling Peacock's 
gala wedding in Gallatin, Tenn. Of course 
the three-way hour-long phone conversation I 
had with the bride and another bridesmaid. 
Win Waterman Lundy also helped. Nanner is 
now living in Alabama — another military wife, 
complete with Masters in History and probably 
the best sales clerk the Anniston J. C. Penny's 
ever had. Win enjoyed her "fling" away from 
her new dish waster and stove in Bettendorf, 
Iowa — Xmas gifts from David who must under- 
stand about that strengthening/humbling 
aspect of housework! 

Had a long letter from Less Guthrie Ethridge, 
catching me up on all the events since her 
graduation from UNC and marriage to her 
sister's high school teacher. She and Ed have 
been living in Nashville, he as the Tenn/Ky 
representative for McGraw-Hill films and she 
working at a local TV station. They are cur- 
rently planning a move to Chicago as Ed is 
being transferred northward. Less reports that 
she had a phone call from Kiki Stoddard who 
is living in NYC and flying for Pan Am. Also 
thru Less: Lin Rick graduated from Cornell 
and was looking for work in New York. Kay 
Hutton Eadie and husband Bob are in Nash- 
ville. Kay is working for the Tennessee State 
Vocational Rehabilitation Program and is a 
part time grad student in Special Education at 
Peabody; Bob is a Vanderbilt law student. 
Alex and Mary Nelson Wade are also Nash- 
ville residents: She working in the Vandy 
Library and Alex in his father's insurance 

In Florida, we have Steve and Esther Michel 
Helm. Steve is in flight school at Pensacola 
and Es has substituted six times and is in- 
volved in ceramics, crocheting and guitar. 
Which reminds me that there is a rumor afoot 
that another Sweet Tone, Josie Winn, is 
signing in a coffee house somewhere. Verifi- 
cation? Jane Banks wrote from Coconut Grove, 
Fla., that she has finally recovered from her 
hepatitis and is flying with Delta Airlines- 
first flights. Another Christmas message from 
ran into Franny Bonney '68 on one of her 

Jan Holt who transferred from SBC to SMU 
her Junior year. Since graduation, she's been 
traveling around Europe and the U.S. and is 
now leading "the lazy life in Ft. Lauderdale." 

Across to New Orleans, we find Lynn 
Pottharst MacMillan who is running her French 
Quarter Shop, "Collage," while Rich attends 
Tulane Law School. They managed to "get 
away from it all" during the Christmas holi- 
days with a little skiing in Aspen. I checked 
in during my Mardi Gras sojourn to N.O., but 
no MacMillans were minding the store. 

While cruising thru Dallas, you might find 
none other than J. P. Powell up on the road- 
side billboards advertising Bank Americard. 
She's on TV as well. Adele Perry Hart is 
working in a special program called WIN at 
the Texas Employment Commission, helping 
to get welfare recipients into jobs. 

In the midwest Cathy Hall Stopher is teach- 
ing fifth grade in a rural Kentucky town one- 
half the size of Amherst, while husband Ed 
practices law. Paula Dickey Murphy has moved 
back to Texarkana with her folks while Randy 
is stationed in the South Pacific. 

Betsy Blackwell Laundon and Walt are hop- 
ing to move from the Chicago area in late 
summer. Walt, who was wounded in Vietnam 
last September, has been receiving treatment 
at Great Lakes Hospital, but he is looking 
forward to an assignment in the Army some- 
where in the U.S. 

Out on the west coast we find Lisa Smith 
Taylor who was married in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 
in September and is now settling in Los 
Angeles, her husband's home town. Also a 
note from Carol Osborn who left SBC after 
our frosh year. She graduated from Pitzer 
College in Feb. '70 and lived in London for 
awhile. She is now continuing her music 
studies at the Scripps College (Claremont, 
Calif.) opera workshop. 

A last minute bulletin from Wyoming, Pa.: 
Montz is a mother. Mrs. Edward Miller pro- 
duced a son and heir, Jack Marshall Miller, 
on 5 April, just in time for my deadline. Dusty 
is now a claim's adjustor for a local insurance 
company and they have moved into a new 
house to celebrate the new arrival. 

Around the world: Pam Tipton is working 
on her Ph.D. in History at the University of 
St. Andrews, Scotland. Barbara Kent Attie 
now has a daughter, Alisa Melanie, born 13 
January, in Call, Columbia. Barb's previous 
complaints about filling the empty hours have 
suddenly been silenced. 

I had a fascinating letter from Joan Adri- 
ance who is now a Peace Corps volunteer, 
teaching modern math in Tiaong, Quezon, in 
the Philippines. I wish there were room to 
reprint the entire letter telling of the frustrat- 
ing, rewarding and enlightening experiences 
she had encountered since her training began 
in Hawaii in October. She lives with a promi- 
nent dentist and his wife and is becoming "an 
excellent scrubwoman (no machines, all by 
hand), cook (no recipes, limited food, few 
spices), seamstress (no clothing stores, only 
material bought from the local market), and 
watergirl (pump from fresh water well in the 

Those of you who have just been forced 
to acknowledge how good you really have it 
could write Joan: Peace Corps Volunteer, 
Tiaong, Quezon E-340, Philippines. 

And if you guys realize how bad I have 
tt, picking up all this info, you'd write me 
too. Look for something sometime after 
Thanksgiving. If you all communicate. 

Sweet Briar Alumnae Council 

October 12-15, 1971 

Tentative Schedule 

Tuesday, October 12 Alumnae Association Executive Board Meeting 

Wednesday, October 13 
9 a.m. - 12 noon 
12:40 p.m. 
1:30-3 p.m. 
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. 
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
8:15 p.m. 

Thursday, October lh. 

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

10:30-10:45 a.m. 


12:40 p.m. 

1:30-3 p.m. 

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

4:45-6 p.m. 

7 p.m. 

8:30 p.m. 

9:30 p.m. 

Friday, October 15 
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 
10:45 a.m. - 12 noon 

Founders' Day Program 


Guided Tour of Campus 

Annual Meeting of Alumnae Association 

Faculty Panel : Trends in Higher Education 

Cocktails: Alumnae House 


Students' Panel 

Alumnae Fund Workshop 

Coffee break 

Bulb Workshop 


Club Presidents' Workshop 

Free time 

Party for Sophomore Class 

Dinner Honoring President Whiteman 

Address by President Whiteman 

Reception Honoring President Whiteman 

Alumnae Representatives' Workshop 
Bequest Chairmen Workshop 
Coffee break 
Report and Success Stories : TOTE 





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FALL 1971 

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FALL 1971 

Volume 42, Number 1. Fall 1971 
Managing Editor: Elizabeth Bond Wood, '34 
Editor: Catharine Fitzgerald Booker, '47 
Design: Diane DeLong Fitzpatrick, '69 
Class Notes Editor: Mary Hughes Blackwell 

1 Town and Gown 

5 Amherst County: A Workshop for The 
Study of Social Change 
by Catherine C. Seaman 
8 Among Our Proudest Possessions 

12 On to Australia 

by Carole Craven Mclvor, '71 

13 Amherst County Tuition Grants 

14 Do Alumni Care Enough? 

by Perry Laukhuff 
16 Annual Giving Report, 1970-1971 

21 "There are Diversities of Gifts, but the 

Same Spirit" 

22 Undergraduate Interest in Problems of 

by Laura Buckham 

23 Endowed Professorship 

23 Bulb Project 

24 Is Rock Music on the Rocks ? 

by G. Noble Gilpin 

26 And May They Live Happily Ever After ! 

27 Historical research: "Exciting as a 

treasure hunt" 

28 Class Notes 

Issued four times yearly: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer, 
by Sweet Briar College. Second class postage paid at Sweet 
Briar, Virginia, 24595, and at additional mailing offices. Printed 
by The Reynolds Company, Charlottesville, Virginia. 

PICTURE CREDITS: Cover and pages 3, 6, 7, 19, 21, 23, 25, 
and 34, by Martha von Briesen; page 4 by Peggy Bender. 



and Go 



o you know that Sweet Briar's 
Associate Director of Development, 
Frederic W. Schneider, is a volun- 
teer fireman? That Lawrence K. 
Noriega, Instructor in English, is a 
member of the Amherst County Res- 
cue Squad? That John Osinga, Man- 
ager of the Sweet Briar Farm, is a 
Deacon in the Amherst Presbyterian 
Church? That Miss Sarah Ramage is 
the administrator of the Amherst 
County Negro Scholarship Fund? 

Town and Gown is indeed the story 
of people — Amherst citizens, Sweet 
Briar students, faculty and staff and 
their husbands and wives. The story 
begins in 1906 and goes right on 
through 1971, all the while showing 
that between the Campus and the 
Town there exists a basic good will 
and esteem. 

"Sweet Briar College," reports the 
Alumnae Magazine of November, 
1965, "has been a part of the Amherst 
community since the day its doors 
were first opened. Alumnae remember 
that Amherst County Day, begun in 
1922, is the time when students are 
reminded of their place in the county. 

But Amherst County Day is only one 
event in a series of endeavors that 
have brought the College and the 
County closer over the years. Sweet 
Briar College has contributed to the 
welfare and interests of Amherst 
County through special projects and 
annual events, through the use of the 
plant and through sharing of the 
academic facilities, through interest 
and energies of faculty and staff and 
through planned work by students. 

"Not that the relationship of cam- 
pus and County has always been 
rosy. Indeed, authorities from Am- 
herst County resisted the founding of 
the school on the grounds that it 
would release from taxation nearly 
6,000 acres of county land . . . Over 
the years Amherst County has had 
reason to rejoice that the authorities 
did not prevail. With an annual 
budget of $2,400,000 this year (1965), 
the College is one of the largest em- 
ployers (around 365, nearly 70 of 
whom are faculty members) in the 
County. More than 160 Amherst 
County girls have attended Sweet 
Briar ... By an early decision of 

the Board of Overseers, qualified girls 
from the County have not had to pay 
tuition to go to Sweet Briar. . . . 

"There are those at the College" who 
feel that the faculty and staff isolate 
themselves from the larger commun- 
ity. One of the early faculty members 
who did not so isolate herself was 
Miss Caroline Sparrow, Professor of 
History. Miss Sparrow went out into 
Amherst County full of concern that 
there was no public health facility 
there. She helped to found the Am- 
herst County Public Health Associa- 
tion and raised money at the College 
annually to pay a public health nurse 
who taught health measures and 
supervised a clinic . . . Later, Miss 
Lucy Crawford, Professor of Philoso- 
phy, who never believed in the ivory 
tower existence, was for years secre- 
tary for the Public Health Associa- 
tion. Another Sweet Briar faculty 
member who has given her time and 
inspiration to Amherst County is Miss 
Ethel Ramage, who has since the 
1940's administered a scholarship 
fund for Negroes in Amherst County, 
through the AAUW. The scholarship 

originated in 1945, when Miss Dee 
Long, Professor of English, instigated 
a study of the economic, political, ed- 
ucational and religious conditions of 
the Negro in Amherst County. 
Through this Fund, graduates of 
Amherst County High School have 
attended Virginia State colleges and 
universities and have become teach- 
ers, clerks, secretaries, nurses, and 
trained farmers. 

"This AAUW scholarship is one of 
several such endeavors originated at 
the College. Jovan DeRocco, who 
taught art, worked through a Con- 
gregational Church committee to es- 
tablish a fund for Negro teachers . . . 
Mrs. Bernice D. Lill, retired Director 
of Admission, taught a formerly illit- 
erate Negro woman to read and 
write and has financed her studies at 
a training school so that she can 
teach other adults to read and write. 

"Perhaps no one person has acted 
as liaison between the County and 
College so much as Bertha Pfister 
Wailes, '17. She has been associated 
with almost every improvement in 
Amherst County, she has helped to 
make Sweet Briar increasingly aware 
of its place in the community. 'When- 
ever there was a need, we always 
felt we could go to Sweet Briar,' she 
said this fall (1965), when she is 
coming out of retirement to be Visit- 
ing Lecturer in Sociology. 'If the need 

were legitimate and could not be met 
any other way, Sweet Briar would 
always step in. Never have I made an 
appeal for funds to Sweet Briar for 
a specific need that Sweet Briar has 
not answered. I doubt very much 
whether the nursing service could 
have existed in the early days without 
Sweet Briar.' 

"From her long view of the associ- 
ation of the County and the College, 
Mrs. Wailes believes that one of Sweet 
Briar's greatest contributions has been 
to work and contribute to the estab- 
lishment of pilot projects, which could 
then be supported entirely by the 
County. The Public Health Assoc, 
was the first of these. The most recent 
is the library in Amherst County, for 
which interested citizens of the 
County and College have been work- 
ing for years. 

"Miss Doris Lomer, first Librarian 
of the Mary Helen Cochran Library, 
was so eager to help the people of 
Amherst County that, as no library 
was available, she took boxes of books 
to stores and schools, where they 
were borrowed and returned ... In 
Amherst the leading light of a long- 
term committee to form a library was 
Mrs. William Smith, whose husband 
worked for the Connie M. Guion 
Science Building. Miss Tyler Gem- 
mell, who succeeded Miss Lomer, and 
her assistant, Miss Lydia Newland, 

Michela English, '71, tutoring one of her Challenge students. 

The records in the Court House 
document events of the past from 
1761 forward. 

founded the Village Library as a pre- 
liminary, to demonstrate the need in 
the County for a library. 

"They set up a card catalog system 
and taught volunteers how to use it. 
The success of this library proved 
that Amherst could support a County 
Demonstration Library . . . Mrs. John 
Matthew, wife of the head of the 
Junior Year in France Program, or- 
ganized the County by district teams, 
contacted all the County organizations 
and personally raised money for the 
library's furniture. Mr. Hoilman of 
Sweet Briar put down the tile floor, 
the last in a long line of details that 
transformed the old, deserted Am- 
herst Fire Hall into the Amherst 
County Demonstration Library." 

ACADA, Scouts, PTA 

A C A D A stands for Amherst 
County Area Development Associa- 
tion, a group of 18 representatives of 
many fields, organized in 1963 to 
develop the human and economic re- 
sources of the County. ACADA's first 
president was Peter V. Daniel, Col- 
lege treasurer and Assistant to the 
President. Others at Sweet Briar 
among the first group were Mrs. 
Wailes, head of the health committee, 
and Edna Lee Gilchrist, '26. Accord- 
ing to Mrs. Gilchrist, everyone else 
in ACADA was prominent in some- 
thing, and when she was introduced 
at the first meeting, the moderator 
said, "And we wanted a citizen, so 
we chose Mrs. Gilchrist." 

Sweet Briar people who have 
served as presidents of the Amherst 
PTA have been Mr. Daniel, Mrs. Gil- 
christ, Mr. Rowland, and Mr. Hapala. 
Sweet Briar people have promoted 
the Girl Scouts of America. Among 
leaders : Mrs. Carl Bricken, Mrs. 
John Osinga, Mrs. Joseph Gilchrist, 
who has served on the Girl Scout 
Skyline Council. From 1961-1963 
Camp Gilchrist operated at Sweet 
Briar, and members of the College 
community on campus for the sum- 
mer turned out as counsellors. 

TOWN & GOWN, '65-' 71 

Amherst: A Living Community 
was the theme of the 1971 Amherst 
County Day. Its committee included 
Mr. Gilchrist, Mrs. Michael Richards, 
Trish Neale, '72, Ginger Woodward, 
'73, Bobo Ryan, '72, and Penny 
Thomas, '72. The 1971 celebration in- 
cluded an art exhibit by students 
from Amherst County High School, 
a conservation film, hayrides, dog 
show, children's games, lunch at Meta 
Glass, booths sponsored by the Am- 
herst Jaycees, by two Amherst 
churches and by the Student Develop- 
ment Committee, a concert by the Am- 
herst County High School Band and 
Glee Club, a parade of Amherst 
County Brownies and Girl Scouts, a 
jousting tournament, an old-time 
square dance, and a welcome by Mr. 
Gorham B. Walker, Jr., of the Board 
of Directors. 

Through all the years, Sweet Briar 
students have been an impoi-tant part 
of Town and Gown. Under the 
YWCA sponsorship, students have 
helped at the Coolwell School, the 
Watts School, the Home for the In- 
digent Aged, the Lynchburg Training 
School, and Ryan's Nursing Home in 
Amherst; the Bum Chums have work- 
ed at the Mountain Mission; students 
work with the Amherst Junior Girl 
Scout Troop 863. Supervised by the 
College's Education Department, stu- 
dents do practice-teaching in the Am- 
herst public schools, at the elementary 
and high school levels. The College 
and community alike have benefited 
from the foreign-language teaching 
in the public schools by the students 
returning from the Junior Year 
Abroad Program. 

Since 1965, Sweet Briar students 
have initiated two successful Am- 
herst-Campus projects: the weekly 
Story-Telling Hour at the Amherst 
County Court House and the Chal- 
lenge Program, a social service pro- 

Every Saturday morning two or 
three Sweet Briar students (assigned 

In the driver's seat in the Challenge bus: Rita Anselmo, '72. With back to 
camera is Ginger Woodivard, '72, daughter of Virginia Vesey Woodward, '33. 
In slacks and sweater: Dotty Courington, '73. Their yoting passengers : 
Carl Thurman, Juanita Higginbotham, Hazel Wright, and Ray Thurman. . 

from a volunteer-list of 35) go to the 
Court House, read stories and show 
filmstrips to five-to-seven year old 
children, then take them to the Am- 
herst Library to check out books. The 
Story-Telling Hour is co-sponsored 
by the YWCA and the College and 
Amherst branches of the AAUW. 
Byrd Stone, '56, Instructor in Educa- 
tion, is the current President of the 
Sweet Briar branch of AAUW, and 
Byrd has had much to do with the 
success of this reading program for 
Amherst children. 

Challenge, a cooperative endeavor 
between Sweet Briar students and the 
Amherst County Board of Public 
Welfare, was begun by students in 
1969. Some 40 members of Challenge 
work as case aides and tutors, assist 
families with problems of food, cloth- 
ing, housing and home management, 
and provide recreation and learning 
experiences for Amherst children. 
Paul H. Cronin, Lecturer in Sociol- 
ogy, is faculty adviser to Challenge. 
This student-volunteer program for 
welfare services to Amherst County 
residents (who, for the most part, 
are receiving public assistance) is 
conducted with the supervision and 
aid of the County Welfare Depart- 

In 1970 the County Welfare Board 
evaluated the Challenge program and 

voted unanimously to continue to give 
it full support. The Director of the 
Public Welfare Foundation, Inc., of 
Washington said in a letter to Mr. 
Cronin, "It is our hope that the 
program will be copied at colleges in 
other rural communities where social 
services are minimal." 

It was the Public Welfare Founda- 
tion of Washington, D.C., that pro- 
vided a grant to purchase an eight- 
passenger Ford club wagon for Chal- 
lenge. The new bus takes families and 
individuals to health clinics, brings 
children to the campus for tutoring 
and recreation, takes Challenge vol- 
unteers to clients' homes and schools. 

Another and important joint en- 
deavor between Campus and Com- 
munity was the Amherst County En- 
vironmental Workshop held at the 
Wailes Center, June, 1971. The work- 
shop was attended by more than 100 
local residents who spent the day in 
the study of human ecology — its prob- 
lems and possible solutions. Mrs. 
Catherine Seaman, Assistant Profes- 
sor of Sociology and Anthropology, 
and Mrs. Ben Wailes moderated and 
were directors of the Environmental 
Workshop: the Amherst County 
chairman of the workshop was Mrs. 
Helen C. Feagans. 

From 1906 — when Amherst resi- 
dents feared a taxation loss with the 

founding of Sweet Briar — until 1971, 
when Amherst citizens and Sweet 
Briar residents joined hands in En- 
vironmental study, the Town and 
Gown relationship has steadily im- 
proved. It remains a story of people, 
those who have worked not only for 
the College but also for the entire 
community. And at this moment in 
late summer of 1971 we continue to 
find Sweet Briar faculty and staff de- 
voted to the Community. 

Among them: Peter Daniel, Presi- 
dent of the Amherst Chamber of Com- 
merce . . . Dr. Carol Rice, Chairman 
of the Amherst Health & Welfare 
Council, succeeding Anne Pannell 
Taylor, Jane Belcher, Bertha Wailes 
. . . Mrs. R. John Matthew, member 
of the Board of Directors of the 
Friends of the Amherst County Li- 
brary . . . Lydia Daniel and Bertha 
Wailes, among the workers trying to 
raise $50,000 toward a new $150,000 
Amherst library building . . . Ger- 
trude Prior, '29, Chairman of the 
Women of the Ascension Episcopal 
Church, succeeding Lois Ballenger 
. . . Gert Prior, for many years the 
Chairman of the Home Service Com- 
mittee for the Red Cross . . . 

Lydia Daniel succeeding Dorothy 
Bricken as Chairman of the Blood- 
mobile Program . . . Hebe and Rob- 
ert Cash of the Dept. Buildings & 
Grounds, officers of the County Rescue 
Squad . . . Elmo Shanks, College 
carpenter, just retired as Chief of the 
Volunteer Amherst Fire Department 
. . . Mr. Matthew, Lay Reader, Am- 
herst Episcopal Church . . . Roff 
Sims, Peter Daniel, John Matthew, 
serving on the Vestry . . . Gregory 
Armstrong, substitute-minister, the 
Presbyterian Church, also a Sunday 
School teacher and teacher of relig- 
ious courses for the entire commun- 
ity . . . Adelaide Hapala, Govern- 
ment teacher in Amherst High School 
and Senior class sponsor . . . Mrs. 
William E. Smart, Jr., until this 
spring Director of Welfare for Am- 
herst County, now working for the 
Lynchburg Welfare Department. 

"Welfare" appears a key word in 
the campus-community relationship 
because the word means in one sense 
"a state of faring well" and in an- 
other sense "an organized effort to 
improve living conditions." And both 
meanings well describe the Town and 
Gown story. 

Certainly, a supreme example of 
welfare, of neighbor-caring-for-neigh- 
bor, is the spontaneous volunteer ser- 
their neighboring communities during 
vice that Sweet Briar people gave to 
the Flood of Aug. 20, 1969, "an event 
many of us will never forget," said 
Mary Hughes Blackwell, Assistant to 
the Director at Alumnae House. Mrs. 

Blackwell, R.N., worked for several 
days at the emergency center which 
was hastily set up by the Red Cross 
at Amherst Junior High School; and 
she went to Lovingston, where she 
helped the local Public Health nurses 
give tetanus and typhoid shots to 
victims of Virginia's worst disaster: 
"one night of horror brought on by 
a world's record rainfall (31 inches 
of rain fell in five hours)," and Nel- 
son, Rockbridge and Amherst Coun- 
ties suffered devasting damage with 
the dead and missing numbering in 
the hundreds. 

To the disaster area, 15 miles north 
of Sweet Briar, the entire College 
community sent help: food, clothing, 
hundreds of gallons of milk from the 
College dairy, and the College faculty 
and staff who gave untold hours of 
volunteer service. 

During the great Flood of 1969 it 
was said, "These valleys will never 
be the same." And it will never be 
the same for people who lost forever 
their property and their own families. 
What will be the same, what will con- 
tinue, will be the esteem and good 
will between Campus and Community: 
a compassion and caring for others. 

Alice Fahs, '73, takes one of the Story Hour children to the Amherst Library. 

Amherst County: 
A workshop for the 
Study of Social Change 

by Catherine C. Seaman, Assistant 
Professor of Sociology and Anthro- 

The beauty and serenity of Amherst 
County and surrounding' area never 
fail to impress visitors from urban 
areas accustomed to crowding, speed, 
concrete and noise. A recent visitor 
was heard to z'emark that it was so 
good to back home where the hours 
were 120 minutes long and nothing 
ever changed. Dominated by the 4000 
foot peaks of the Blue Ridge, the 
rolling hills of the Piedmont, and the 
rural scenes of grazing cattle and 
growing crops, central Virginia and 
Amherst County must seem to the 
casual observer to be unchanging, or 
at the most, changing very little. The 
appearance, however, belies the fact. 

Amherst County, like other rural 
areas of Virginia, the South, and the 
world, is undergoing significant 
changes in the social structure 
brought about by economic shifts, 
demographic and ecological changes, 
the impact of legislation and mass 
media, differentiation of the occupa- 
tional structure, and increased ease 
of transportation, communication, and 
education. Yet there is also a con- 
tinuity with the past, since societies 
tend to change through their existing 
institutions. It is this continuity and 
change that make Amherst a labora- 
tory both for the citizens of the 
county who seek to understand their 
own social milieu, and for students 
who are interested in examining how 
a living community copes with the 
forces which loosen or destroy old 
bonds, reform physical and social en- 
vironments, and place persons with 
agrarian ideology in an industrial 


Three disparate groups of people 
settled Amherst County: Indians 
whose original homeland was Asia, 
Europeans primarily from the British 
Isles and Germany, and blacks from 
Africa. The Indians were soon great- 
ly reduced in number both by Indian 

warfare and by invading whites. A 
number of Indian descendents, whose 
forefathers formed unions with both 
white and black individuals, comprise 
a group variously known as the 
"Issues," the "WINS," the "Indians" 
and the "People." These families and 
individuals live rather uneasily on 
the margin of Amherst social struc- 
ture, neither totally excluded from 
local social groups nor yet integrated 
within them. Until the Civil Rights 
Act of 1964 these people received 
their education at St. Paul's Episco- 
pal Mission since they were excluded 
from white schools and refused to 
attend black ones. Following racial 
integration of the county public school 
system, the youngsters attended Am- 
herst public schools and some have 
become honor students. Research is 
currently under way by active and 
retired professors in the Sweet Briar 
Sociology Department to study 
changes in this gi-oup in the past fifty 

The Europeans arrived in the 
county first as hunters and trappers, 
but these were soon followed by waves 
of immigration primarily from two 
sources: Tidewater planters together 
with small farmers from eastern 
Virginia; and small, independent 
farmers of German and Scotch-Irish 
orig'in from Pennsylvania who were 
traveling southwest via the Valley of 
Virginia. These two waves of immi- 
grants, sometimes called the Tucka- 
hoes and the Cohees, represented two 
different cultures which met and 
amalgamated in the counties east of 
the Blue Ridge. The Africans ar- 
rived with the planters as their 
slaves, although some few were either 
free or run-away. 

Amherst today contains a total 
population of over 26,000 persons, 75 
per cent of whom are white. The re- 
mainder are black for the most part 
since the "Indians" make up a small 
and undetermined number. The pres- 
ent-day social structure is dominated 
by the white groups who hold all 
political positions and most positions 
of authority in the county. Many old 
families, both black and white, have 
built up social bonds of trust and 
confidence between their races over 

Catherine H. C. Seaman, Chairman 
of Sxveet Briar's Department of 
Sociology and Anthropology, received 
her B.S. degree, M.A. degree, and 
Ph.D. degree from the University 
of Virginia. In July of this year she 
ivas named Chairman of the Nelson 
County School Board. Mrs. Seaman 
and her husband live in Faber, Va., 
and are parents of four children. 

years of interaction. This is particu- 
larly true among the older age groups 
of whites and blacks, especially if 
the whites are middle-class or above. 
These bonds are nearly non-existent 
between blacks and poor whites, and 
are of a changing nature among the 
younger age groups of all classes. 
Access to decision-making for blacks 
is nearly always through white 
friends, although this is not exclusive 
to the blacks alone, as poor whites 
appear to be equally excluded through 
indifference or apathy. Forces from 
outside the local area are actively 
seeking to change the old social 
structure. The Civil Rights Act of 
1964, together with changing economic 
opportunities, present problems for 
the local populations to solve. Con- 
flicts arise as old institutions his- 
torically derived from an agricultural 

economy confront expectations of the 
greater industrial society. The dy- 
namic processes which arise from 
these conflicts and struggles need to 
be studied by teachers, students and 
interested persons in the local com- 
munity. Light thrown upon such be- 
havior in a small social system could 
possibly illuminate similar situations 
in large urban areas more difficult to 


People of Amherst County share 
with Americans in general the ideal 
that men should have equal opportun- 
ities. However, like the rest of Amer- 
ica, Amherst forms social classes 
whose numbers have unequal access 
to power, prestige, goods and ser- 
vices. Investigations of homes in the 
Lynchburg and Amherst County area 
this summer disclosed that there were 
persons who live in spacious and 
beautiful homes, persons who live in 
modest yet comfortable homes, and 
persons who live in homes with dirt 
floors. (Researcher: Kathleen Burns, 
'71.) While the kind of house a person 
occupies is some indication of his 
social class, it is by no means the 
only indication. Social class includes 
many variables such as occupation, 
wealth, education, and religion, fur- 
ther complicated by factors such as 
service to the community, old family, 
personal attributes, and way of life. 
Some research has been done in this 
area in Amherst, enough to confirm 
the belief that the majority of upper- 
class in Amherst is white, Anglo- 
Saxon, and Protestant, but more re- 
search needs to be done in order to 
illuminate the relationships among 
social class, social networks, and 
everyday behavior. For example, the 
mechanisms by which persons move 
downward in social class have never 
been clearly understood, although a 
great deal of work has been done on 
the movement of persons from a lower 
social class to a higher one. 


Amherst has experienced great 
changes in the economic area in the 
last hundred years. During this time 
the county first moved away from a 
plantation system into a largely sub- 
sistence economy which arose from 
the dilapidation and poverty of the 
post-Civil War era. This was then 
superseded in part by commercial 


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j&i>_ . 

Sweet Briar has one of the two remaining dairy herds in Amherst County. 

farming and agriculture based on di- 
versified crops such as tobacco, corn, 
wheat, hay and later on, apple and 
peach orchards. Agriculture then suf- 
fered a decline of its work force. In 
1950, the Civilian Work Force of Am- 
herst County was 4,782 persons, of 
which 1,514 were engaged in agricul- 
ture. By 1965 this had greatly 
changed, and in a work force of 6,102, 
only 649 persons were working in 
agriculture, a decline of over 40 per 
cent. (See A Manpower Resources 
Report of Amherst County, Virginia, 
Virginia Employment Commission, 
Dec. 1969, p. 2.) 

This was due in part to an increase 
in the number of industrial establish- 
ments and government employees in 
the county; but even more important, 
Amherst had become economically a 
part of the Greater Lynchburg Met- 
ropolitan Area whose growing in- 
dustries provided employment for 
many county residents. For example, 
in 1970, county residents comprised 
25 per cent of the working force of 
Lynchburg Foundry. Thus the major- 
ity of working people in Amherst to- 
day are not farmers and have not 
been for years. Yet an examination 
of land use reveals that of the 298,880 
acres in Amherst County, 89,456 acres 
are in farms over 180 acres in size; 
15,000 acres are owned by large cor- 
porations; and 54,000 or more are 
owned by the government. That is, at 
least 53 per cent of Amherst County 
is in forests, farms, and countryside, 
while most of the people are non- 
agricultural workers. Many, however, 
incorporate work in business and in- 
dustry with part-time farming and 

gardening. The raising of beef cattle, 
which lends itself well to supple- 
mentary farming, has replaced the 
dairy herd which demanded full-time 
work. In the future, more persons 
may combine the security of land 
holding - and a small herd of beef 
cattle with the earnings from in- 
dustry. In fact, the general trend of 
full-time farming in America involves 
an increase in the size of farms with 
a concomitant increase in capital 
outlay of such an amount that the 
day is nearly over for the small 
farmer, and the time when an aver- 
age farmer could leave to his son 
land enough for a profitable commer- 
cial farming operation is well-nigh 
past. In another few years it may be 
rare to find a small, full-time farmer 
in what now appears to be a rural 
countryside. This affords an opportun- 
ity for students to document the 
changing land tenure which accom- 
panies an alteration in the economic 


A prehistory and history of Am- 
herst is yet to be written, although 
many of the citizens are making 
every effort to collect and preserve 
data of historical interest, and the 
records in the Court House document 
events of the past from 1761 forward. 
Accounts available show that this 
area, although long unsettled was a 
point of interest from the time of the 
earliest settlements of Virginia by 

Europeans. In the spring- of 1607 Cap- 
tain Christopher Newport made the 
first voyage to rivers which drained 
the area and wanted to march up- 
stream but was dissuaded by his 
Indian Guide from going- to Quirauck 
(the Blue Ridge). The Monacan, or 
Tuscarora, Indians controlled the 
frontier from the falls of the James 
to the Blue Ridge, and their hostile 
presence delayed the settlement of 
this part of the 'old West' until after 
1722 when an Indian Treaty pre- 
scribed that no member of the Five 
Nations was to come south of the 
Potomac River or pass eastward of 
the Blue Ridge. Following this, large 
blocks of land were patented by land 
speculators and persons seeking to 
enlarge tobacco plantations or to es- 
tablish small farms. The first patents 
are recorded in 1738 although hunters 
and trappers had long been in the 
area. The nature of the Indian tribes 
who occupied Amherst and surround- 
ing counties is still to be documented, 
and this past spring, Anthropology 
students at Sweet Briar joined others 
in excavations along the James to 
investigate remains of these groups 
which would shed some light on the 
nature of their social organizations. 
A great deal of work remains to be 
done in this area. 


Among the many institutions that 
offer fruitful grounds for research in 
Amherst County, none is more prom- 
ising, and has received as little at- 
tention, as kinship. This may in part 
be due to the fact that Americans like 
to believe that behavior in this so- 
ciety is based on achievement rather 
than on ascription, and the American 
family has been described as a family 
of parents and children structurally 
isolated from any larger kinship ties. 
The importance of kinship, however, 
is clearly seen in the history of Vir- 
ginia; one has but to look at the cur- 
rent political scene to find numerous 
cases of politicians who hold the of- 
fice that their father held before 
them. Of equal importance is the need 
to study the presence of kinship ties 
and to investigate how these may be 
used in solving problems of crime, 
drug usage, mental health and care 
of the sick and old. 

As governmental agencies seek to 
decentralize and to thrust upon com- 
munities the responsibilities for a 
helping hand in the problems of so- 
ciety, the part that kinship plays in 
the social structure needs recognition. 
Kinship is always with us, and the 
extent to which our lives are affected 

The beauty and serenity of the College ayid Amherst County never fail to 
impress visitors from urban areas. 

by this institution in a county such 
as Amherst, is clearly seen in funer- 
als, weddings, and church-homecom- 
ings. We need to better understand 
how these networks already in place 
can be used to work in other areas. 

This is but a brief look at the pos- 
sibilities for study of society offered 
to the interested study and commun- 
ity member. Needless to say, there 
are many areas of equal importance 
unmentioned. One such area already 
under investigation by community and 
college is that of the environment. 


The community and college are now 
engaged in a series of workshops to 
investigate the nature of the en- 
vironment in Amherst County, with 
special reference to problems of popu- 
lation, air and water pollution, and 
solid waste and vector control. These 
workshops are funded by Program 
Impact of the Higher Education Act 
of 1965, Title I: Community Service 
and Continuing Education, U.S. Office 
of Education. They are implemented 
by leaders and other interested per- 
sons in the community who work with 
college personnel. Plans for the 
second workshop (which is scheduled 
for Oct. 20, 1971) have begun with 
research into the methods used by 
county citizens and businessmen to 
dispose of trash, waste, and garbage. 
An effort is being made to correlate 
methods of waste disposal with spec- 
ial problems which arise from vari- 
ables of age, way of life, occupation 
and particular type of waste associ- 
ated with these. Such problems will 
be discussed in the workshop by citi- 
zens of the county and experts in 
waste disposal who have studied simi- 
lar questions. It is clear that chang- 
ing conditions have produced prob- 
lems in the environment of which 
waste disposal may only be a symp- 
tom, but one that must be remedied. 

The Amherst County citizens and 
personnel of Sweet Briar form an 
ideal team for an investigation of the 
changing way of life in central Vir- 
ginia. The need for such study in the 
United States is clear. The city of 
Lynchburg, the suburb of Madison 
Heights, the small town of Amherst, 
and the open countryside of the county 
offer numerous possibilities for re- 
search in social change and continu- 
ity. While it is not expected that such 
study will give all the answers, it 
may supply us with what is as im- 
portant: the right questions. 

Among Our Proudest Possessions- 

— These are the Amherst County 
women who have been graduated from 
Sweet Briar College. 

Their achievements in the fields of 
music, science, teaching, social ser- 
vice, welfare, research, libraries, Civil 
Service and volunteer service bring 
much credit to their County and to 
their College. Alongside many of their 
names you would see cum, 
magna cum, laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 
Junior Honors, Tau Phi, Dean's List, 
Master's degree, Ph.D., Fellow, Mc- 
Vey Scholar. You would see, so to 
speak, a success story right here in 
our own backyard. 

The three daughters of Mr. and 
Mrs. John Wikswo of Amherst — Leo- 
nora, '63, Muriel, '66, Antoinette, '68 
— were each elected to Phi Beta Kap- 
pa. Each of them was graduated cum 
laude. Leonora, now Mrs. Richard J. 
Pescosolido of Lisbon Palls, Maine, 
completed an MAT in English at 
Brown University in 1966. Muriel, a 
Biology major, was a National 
Science Foundation Graduate Trainee 
at Northwestern University, where 
she received her Ph.D. degree in 
Biology in 1971. A writer of several 
publications in the area of Pigment 
cell Biology, Muriel today is a Post- 
doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard 
Medical School, holding a N.I.H. 
Fellowship. Antoinette Wikswo, a 
Music major, received her Master's 
degree in Music from Syracuse Uni- 
versity this past June. In March, 1971, 
Toni was named winner of the Twelfth 
National Organ Playing Competition, 
Ft. Wayne, Indiana, competing 
against 61 contestants from 28 states. 
Following her graduation from Sweet 
Briar, she spent nine months in Paris, 
studying organ with the renowned 
Mile. Marie-Claire Alain. Toni con- 
tinued her musical education at Syra- 
cuse, studying with Donald Suther- 
land. She has been organist-director 
at the United Church, Fayetteville, 
N. Y. The mother of these three young 
women, Leonora A. Wikswo, taught 
mathematics at Sweet Briar from 
1956 until 1970, when she resigned, 
with the rank of Associate Professor. 

Since the 1920's, approximately 17 
Sweet Briar faculty/staff daughters 
from Amherst County have been 
Sweet Briar graduates. Four staff- 

daughters are now enrolled at the 
College: Vicki Bates, '74, Wendy Hoil- 
man, '73, Liz Kestner, '72, and Nancy 
Blackwell, '74. Nancy's sisters Betsy 
and Clay were Sweet Briar graduates. 
Mary Clayton Blackwell Story, '67, of 

Leonora Wikswo Pescosolido, '63, 
with Laurel and Christopher 

Madison Heights, Va., majored in His- 
tory of Art. She has worked in ad- 
vertising art; she is President of the 
Amherst County Council of Garden 
Clubs, Bulb Chairman for the Am- 
herst Sweet Briar Club, and mother 
of two children, "who are their 
grandmother's greatest joy." (Grand- 
mother being Mary Hughes Black- 
well, a staff member at Alumnae 
House since 1952.) Elizabeth Black- 
well Laundon, '69, of Columbus, Ga., 
was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. A 
Government major, Betsy served as 
an intern in the office of Representa- 
tive Richard Poff of Virginia during 
the summer of 1968. She has worked 
with a Survey Team for Naval Man- 
power, U.S. Civil Service. 

Living in Alaska is a Sweet Briar 
Music major described in this news- 
paper report: "Elizabeth Skladal was 
the soprano of the evening — and what 
a soprano! Her voice is of a rather 
instrumental timbre, reminiscent of 
Maria Stader and Gundula Janowicz. 
Although many people complain that 
this type of voice is cold, this re- 
viewer for one finds it very attractive 
because of the wide range of con- 
trolled musical expression. Let's hope 
that we hear more of her. . . ." 

The music critic for the Anchorage, 
Alaska, Daily Times is writing of 
Elizabeth Gallo Skladal, '58, follow- 

ing her performance as soloist in 
Haydn's The Creation, performed in 
Anchorage in March, 1969. Betty is a 
member of the Anchorage Community 
Chorus (and member of its Board of 
Directors), the Anchorage Lyric 
Opera Theater, and the Anchorage 
Vocal Ensemble. She has toured 
Juneau and Fairbanks with the Opera 
Theater, appearing as soloist; she 
has sung as soloist with the Commun- 
ity Chorus and the Anchorage Sym- 
phony, and in 1970 she was soprano 
soloist for the performance of Saint 
Saens' Christmas Oratorio. Betty 
Skladal and her husband, a Lieuten- 
ant Colonel in the U. S. Army, and 
their children, Wayne (12) and 
Joseph (6) lead an Army life — 
and wherever they go, there is 
music in their life. A member of the 
American Guild of Organists, Betty 
is also a teacher. "I am teaching a 
fourth grade, she writes, "and work- 
ing on my Master's degree in Educa- 
tion at the University of Alaska." 

Among the Amherst-Sweet Briar 
graduates who have earned their 
Master's degree in Education are Suz- 
anne Taylor Gouyer, '61, of Monroe, 
Va., Alice Virginia Mitchell, '38, of 
Madison Heights, Va., and Marguerite 
Duval McGinnis, '35, of Durham. A 
History major, Marguerite McGinnis 
took courses at the University of Illi- 

Muriel Wikswo, '66 


Toni Wikswo, '68 

nois and Indiana University and re- 
ceived her Master's from the Univer- 
sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
Formerly a secondary school teacher 
and secretary in an elementary 
school, Marguerite is now a counselor 
at the Githens Junior High School, 
Durham County. 

Also a History major, Virginia 
Mitchell, '38, received her Master's 
in Education and a Diploma of Ad- 
vanced Graduate Study, both from 
the University of Virginia. She is 
General Supervisor, the Amherst 
County Public Schools. In past years 
she was teacher, Guidance Counselor, 
Assistant Principal and Principal of 
Madison Heights Elementary and 
High Schools. 

Suzanne Gouyer was graduated 
cum laude. She received her Master's 
in Education from Lynchburg College 
in 1971. A Physics major, Suzanne 
was Assistant in Physics for several 
years at Sweet Briar, is now a mathe- 
matics teacher at Amherst County 
High School. 

Several Sweet Briar graduates 
from Amherst County were Latin 
and/Classics majors. Among them: 

—Ella Brown Hughes, '63, of 
Lynchburg. After she enrolled at the 
College, she married, had two children 
and still completed the degree re- 
quirements in four years, graduating 
cum laude with election to Phi Beta 
Kappa. She has been a fourth-grade 
teacher, is now a Latin teacher at 
Brookville High School. 

— Latin major Mary Foster Canna- 
day Gore, '31, of Richmond received 
a Master's degree in Social Work 
from the William and Mary School of 
Social Work, which is now part of 
Virginia Commonwealth University. 
Mary Foster Gore is Chief, Bureau of 
Policy Planning and Coordination, 
Division of General Welfare, Virginia 
Dept. of Welfare and Institutions. 

Formerly she was Field Representa- 
tive and Ass't. Chief, Bureau of Pub- 
lic Assistance of the Virginia Dept. 
of Welfare; Superintendent of Public 
Welfare, Clifton Forge, Va., and case 
worker, Family Welfare Assoc, in 

— Mildred Faulconer Bryant, '44, 
of Madison Heights is a teacher at the 
Amherst County High School. 

—Jane Tucker Ferrell, '31, of Ar- 
lington, N.J., taught Latin and French 
and now works on a newspaper in 
the Personnel and Public Relations 
Dept. Jane, who held a Margaret 
Allen Scholarship, received her M.A. 
degree from Seton Hall University, 
So. Orange, N.J. 

— Mary Elizabeth Hesson Petty- 
john, '36, of Monroe, Va., majored in 
Latin and Greek. She received her 
Certificate in Library Science, Uni- 
versity of Virginia, and is now Li- 
brarian at Linkhorne Junior High 
School in Lynchburg. She has the dis- 
tinction of being the organizer of the 
first elementary school library system 
in Lynchburg - . Mary Elizabeth is Pres- 
ident of the Amherst Sweet Briar 
Club and a Sweet Briar Alumna Rep- 
resentative on Admission. 

— Classics major Lucile Cox Jones, 
'36, of Ashland, Va., "is one of the 
best Latin teachers in the state of 
Virginia," said one of her friends at 
Sweet Briar, adding, "When Lucile 
taught Latin at E. C. Glass High 
School in Lynchburg her students 
were consistent winners in the State 
Latin tournaments." Lucile received 
the M.A. degree from both the Uni- 
versity of Virginia (1943) and the 
University of Michigan (1970). She 
spent two summers studying abroad: 
at the American Academy in Rome, 
1949, and at the American School of 
Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, 
1956. She taught in Amherst County 

schools, 1936-1944; at E. C. Glass High 
School, 1944-1968; since 1968 she has 
been a member of the faculty, Mary 
Washington College in Fredericks- 

She is past President of the Classi- 
cal Association of Virginia and cur- 
rently Vice President for Virginia 
Classical Association of Middle West 
and South. In March, 1969, Lucile 
Jones was initiated as an alumna 
member of Theta of Virginia chapter 
of Phi Beta Kappa. 

Of her undergraduate years, Lucile 
Jones writes, "The debt I owe Sweet 
Briar College and very specifically its 
Classics Department and very individ- 
ually Gertrude Malz is in the lan- 
guage of my beloved Latin Mirable 
dictu. The study I was fortunate 

Suzanne Taylor 
Gouyer, '61 

Elizabeth Gallo 
Skladal, '58 

enough to have in the Classics De- 
partment gave me the preparation 
for graduate study and for teaching 
that has resulted in an exciting and 
rewarding teaching career. The whole 
four years of liberal arts study at 
Sweet Briar has made my life a richer 
and more abundant one. Were I so 
gifted, I would write the most elo- 
quent alma mater ever composed to 

Writing about his mother, who was 
the late Harriet Evans Wyckoff, '15, 
Barney Wyckoff said recently, "She 
always had a great feeling about 
Sweet Briar. I really think she got 
much pleasure out of having her 
granddaughter Nancy as a nursery 
school student as Sweet Briar." Har- 
riet Wyckoff was a Mathematics 
major at Sweet Briar, she was a 
teacher in the Amherst High School 
and in Lynchburg schools, and a very 
active worker in the Washington, D. 

C, Sweet Briar Club, which named its 
first endowed scholarship in her name. 
The fields of teaching and of social 
work have been of major interest of 
many of the Amherst- Sweet Briar 
graduates, although their majors at 
Sweet Briar possibly are not indica- 
tions of their future careers or in- 
terests. For example, Evelyn Ware 
Saunders, '30, of Roseland, Va., ma- 
jored in Zoology, and after college 
she took courses in Social Work at 
Richmond Professional Institute. She 
was a high school teacher for ten 
years, a social worker for several 
years, then became Superintendent of 
the Amherst County Welfare Dept. 

work, Mrs. Van Hyning took graduate 
courses in zoology and biology, Uni- 
versity of Virginia; before she be- 
came interested in sociology, Mrs. 
Wailes majored in science and Ger- 
man, her native language, then taught 
courses in scientific German and Ger- 
man literature, at Sweet Briar be- 
ginning in 1923. 

Her interest in sociology developed 
from her four years as research work- 
er at the Eastern Pennsylvania State 
Institution for Feeble-Minded; and in 
1924 she initiated the first course in 
sociology at Sweet Briar, having be- 
gun graduate study in sociology at 
the University of North Carolina and 


Elizabeth Blackwell Laundon, '69 and Rep. Richard Poff 

A Religion major, Eleanor Kidd 
Crossley, '67, of Columbia, S. C, who 
earned her degree after her three 
children were in school, became a 
kindergarten teacher in a pilot proj- 
ect for pre-sehool deaf and hard-of- 
hearing children; she was Technical 
Editor, Wilbur Smith & Associates. 
Eleanor says she "is not working at 
present" — however, she is a choir di- 
rector, Sunday School teacher, vol- 
unteer at a VA hospital and a State 
hospital, director of a benefit show 
for the mentally retarded, worker in 
the Women's Symphony Association, 
and mother of four children, ages 15, 
13, 12 — and six months, "our bonus 
baby," she writes. 

Two Sweet Briar graduates of the 
Class of 1917— Bertha Pfister Wailes 
of Amherst and Mary Louise White- 
head Van Hyning of Guilford, Maine 
— hold outstanding records in teach- 
ing and social work. Their first in- 
terests, perhaps, did not signal the 
road they were to take: before she 
began a career in psychiatric social 

continuing her study at American 
University, Columbia University, and 
the University of Virginia, where she 
received her M.A. degree in 1928. In 
1932 she gave up teaching German in 
favor of sociology, full-time. She 
taught Sociology at Sweet Briar until 
her retirement in 1960. 

Bertha Wailes has never retired! 
During 1961-62 she was Visiting 
Lecturer in Sociology and acting 
Chairman of the Department; she 
continued as Visiting Lecturer until 
1966; the next year she served as 
Visiting Lecturer at Randolph-Macon; 
in 1968-69 she resumed that post at 
Sweet Briar. In 1970 she worked on 
an Amherst County research project 
made possible by a NSF Grant; in 
1971 she was assistant director of the 
Environmental Control Workshop at 
the College. 

The list of her activities and offices 
in County and State organizations is 
long and notable. Among them: mem- 
ber of the Board of Visitors of the 
University of Virginia for ten years; 

past President, Virginia Federation 
of Home Demonstration Clubs; mem- 
ber, Board of Directors, VPI; Chair- 
man, the Virginia Council on Health 
& Medical Care; President, Amherst 
County Chapter of the Virginia So- 
ciety for Crippled Children and 

Asked about her work today, Mrs. 
Wailes answers with understatement, 
"Activities in service organizations 
are continued." Today, in fact, she is 
working with many organizations: 
she represents Amherst County on 
the Community Health & Retardation 
Services Board of Central Virginia, 
she serves on the County Board of 
Public Welfare, the Board of Direc- 
tors of the Lynchburg chapter of the 
American Red Cross, she is a member 
of other committees in the County 
and State. 

Bertha Pfister Wailes, Associate 
Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, has 
the distinction of being the only per- 
son who has studied or taught at 
Sweet Briar during the tenures of 
the first five Presidents of the Col- 

Her classmate, Mary Whitehead 
Van Hyning, '17, received her Di- 
ploma in Psychiatric Social Work 
from the New York School of Social 
Work in 1923. Since then her work 
has included Youth Consultation Ser- 
vice, Family Service, Mental Hygiene, 
Planned Parenthood, The American 

Mary Elizabeth Hesson 
Pettyjohn, '36 with 
Grandchild Eliz P. D. 


Eleanor Crossley, '67 

Red Cross, U.S. Civil Service Com- 
mission, Public Welfare, Child Guid- 
ance, Juvenile Research, and Social 
Service. Mrs. Van Hyning has been a 
faculty member at Sarah Lawrence 
College; Chief Psychiatric Social 
Worker at the Payne Whitney Clinic 
in New York; teacher for social case 
work, New School for Social Research 
and New York University; District 
supervisor, Dept. of Public Welfare 
in Syracuse, N.Y. Case worker, super- 
visor, director, consultant, teacher: a 
brief summary of the career of Mary 
Van Hyning of Amherst County. 

Sociology major Helen Hesson 
Binns, '38, of Charles City County 
"has built an excellent record in Vir- 
ginia State Welfare Department," 
Mrs. Wailes says. A year ago Helen 
was appointed Assistant Chief of the 
Bureau of Assistance and Service 
Programs, Division of General Wel- 
fare, Virginia Dept. of Welfare and 
Institutions. After graduation from 
Sweet Briar, Helen worked as a case 
worker for the Amherst County 
Board of Public Welfare; from 1939- 
1952 she was Superintendent of Pub- 
lic Welfare in Charles City County 
and New Kent County (1943-1952). 
Prom 1953-1970 she was a Field Rep- 
resentative in the Bureau of Field 
Services, Division of General Welfare. 

One of Helen's classmates — Bessie 
Lee Garbee Siegrist, '38, of Amherst 
— has also worked in Public Welfare. 
A major in Sociology and Economics, 
Bessie Lee Siegrist has been a case 
worker with the Amherst County 
Public Welfare Department; she has 
been Superintendent of Public Wel- 

fare in Richmond County. She has 
also served as Education Chairman, 
Amherst County Area Development 
Assoc. (ACADA), as Girl Scout lead- 
er, as church leader, and as a current 
member of the Amherst County En- 
vironmental Studies Committee, and 
has always been most active in 
alumna work for the College. 

Environmental Studies brings us to 
the name of Carole Craven Mclvor, 
'71, of Monroe, Va., and now of Bris- 
bane, Queensland, Australia. A Biol- 
ogy major, Carole was graduated 
magna cum laude. She is an Emilie 
Watts McVey Scholar and the recipi- 
ent of an $8,000 Watson Foundation 
Fellowship for a postgraduate year of 
independent study and travel abroad. 
She is one of 70 Watson Fellows from 
34 colleges and universities in the 
United States to win a Watson Foun- 
dation Fellowship. Carole also won 
an Honorable Mention in the Dan- 
forth Graduate Fellowship Program. 

One of Carole's Sweet Briar 
teachers, Ernest P. Edwards, Profes- 
sor of Biology, said of her: "She 
could and did plan an original and 
worthwhile investigation. In both of 
the studies on which she worked under 
my general direction, she proved her 
capacity to accept a general approach 
(as suggested by her faculty advisor) 
to a problem and then to work out 
the details herself ... In the study 
of the stream below the dam of Sweet 
Briar Lake, she was able to show 
(unexpectedly) that the texture and 
physical nature of the materials being 
flushed into the stream were more 
important in influencing the relative 
abundance of various organisms at 
varying distances down the stream, 
than were the concentrations of dis- 
solved chemicals added to the stream. 
She had the flexibility to work with 

this unexpected factor . . . She show- 
ed her intellectual curiosity and ca- 
pacity for following through beyond 
the originally planned limits of the 
study by making a chemical analysis 
of the dirt bottom of the stream and 
finding great differences in the alumi- 
num concentration at various dis- 
tances below the point at which the 
waste water is dumped into the 
stream. Mrs. Mclvor's proven capac- 
ity for planning and working inde- 
pendently makes her an ideal choice 
for the Watson Fellowship. . . ." 

Carole and all the other Amherst 
County women who are Sweet Briar 
graduates are among our proudest 
possessions. Writing to us from 

Marguerite B. 
McGinnis, '35 

Bertha Pfister Wailes, '17 

Lynchburg is an English major in 
the Class of 1936; she and her family 
lived on campus for twenty years, she 
calls herself "An Amherst County 
girl"; she has been and is a teacher 
today. Ruth Elizabeth Gilliam Viar, 
'36, puts into words what we hope the 
Amherst- Sweet Briar graduates be- 
lieve and what we hope all Sweet 
Briar alumnae believe: 

"I can never thank Sweet Briar 
enough for the opportunity to attend 
college there. Much that I learned 
during those four years has long ago 
escaped my mind, but I have never 
lost the sense of fun and adventure 
in life, and always the desire, as with 
Tennyson's Ulysses, 'to strive, to 
seek, to find, and not to yield.' This is 
the heritage I have from Sweet Briar. 
What better gift can a college give to 
its students than an awareness of the 
joys of living and learning and serv- 
ing ?" 


Now in Australia on a Watson Foundation Fellowship, Carole Mclvor, '71, 
is shown here taking water samples for analysis. 

On to Australia 

by Carole Craven Mclvor, '71 

Being a married student at Sweet 
Briar, even in 1971, is still a unique 
situation, especially if one has a six 
year old son. Because of this unusual 
status, I am often asked about the 
difficulty of combining' college and 
marriage. Certainly, college-and-mar- 
riage requires personal determination 
and an understanding husband. With 
these two assets, however, the rest is 
no more difficult for a married than 
a single student. In fact, a married 
student has a certain advantage in 
her settled social life. She is free to 
pursue academic goals while often 
the single student is forced to divide 
her attention and time between the 
academic and the social spheres. To 
illustrate from personal experience: 
I arrived for Monday morning classes 
relaxed and rested after a week-end 
while some of my classmates returned 
after several hundred miles of travel 
and very little sleep. 

Despite the social differences which 
obtain between the married and single 
student, all are concerned with 
changes taking place on campuses to- 
day. One topic of frequent discussion 
is coeducation. Unlike some who 

would make every institution coedu- 
cational, I believe there is a place 
for the single-sex college. There 
should be institutions of both types 
so that there will always be the pos- 
sibility of a free choice between them, 
depending on individual desires and 

In general I support the trend in 
American college life today toward 
fewer social rules and more student 
involvement in decision-making pro- 
cesses at all levels. I would particu- 
larly like to see Sweet Briar students 
have some influence on the matter of 
faculty appointment and the grant- 
ing of tenure. The opinion of stu- 
dents should definitely be taken into 
account when the decision is made 
whether or not to renew a faculty 

Since graduation two and one-half 
short months ago, I have been in- 
volved in a Student Originated 
Studies program sponsored by the 
National Science Foundation at Ran- 
dolph-Macon Woman's College. Four- 
tean students worked for 10 weeks on 
an ecological study of Blackwater 
Creek and its basin, an area within 

the city of Lynchburg earmarked by 
the City Planning Commission for de- 
velopment as a natural park. A mem- 
ber of the water analysis team, I 
collected samples and ran chemical 
tests on the water. From this study 
it was found that the Creek is mildly 
polluted by sewage, silt, debris and 
inorganic ions, the latter from bio- 
logical breakdown in a landfill area. 
By pointing out the nature and 
sources of the pollution, the group 
hopes that the city will be able to 
take effective measures to clean up 
the Creek in preparation for its in- 
clusion within the proposed park. 

Participation in the SOS program 
this summer provided needed back- 
ground in conducting a field research 
problem and in organizing and inter- 
preting the data which has been col- 

The experience will be of great help 
when I undertake a similar project in 
Australia under a Fellowship from 
the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. 
We leave in September. My family 
will stay approximately one year, 
during which time I will complete a 
project in water pollution biology. 
As a chemist, my husband will be able 
to assist with chemical aspects of my 
research and will also work on his 
own in the field of photography. Our 
son will be enrolled in an Australian 
public school. In addition to complet- 
ing this project, we hope to spend 
perhaps one-third of the time travel- 
ing and camping in Australia. 

Future plans are at the moment 
uncertain; all efforts and concerns are 
directed toward the year in Australia. 
Beyond that, I would like to obtain 
an advanced degree in biology in 
preparation for a teaching career. 

My interests in water pollution 
and other aspects of the environ- 
mental problem took shape while a 
student at Sweet Briar. The Environ- 
mental Symposium, 1970, member- 
ship in CLEAN, courses in field biol- 
ogy and conservation, and the oppor- 
tunity to conduct a special study on 
a stream receiving a waste effluent 
all contributed toward this interest. 

I am quite enthusiastic about the 
involvement of the College itself in 
this area, primarily under its NSF 
Grant to set up an environmental 
studies center. With the courses al- 
ready available under the present 
curriculum, the options inherent in 
the mini-mester, this NSF Grant and 
the active alumnae program in en- 
vironmental concern, Sweet Briar 
offers the student, the faculty and 
the alumnae the opportunity to be- 
come involved in an area of vital 
importance and far-reaching conse- 


Amherst County Tuition Grants 

Editor's Note: The following state- 
ment was released by Sweet Briar's 
Office of Public Relations, June 28, 

A change in policy regarding schol- 
arships for students living in Am- 
herst County, which is necessitated 
by the increasing cost of these 
awards, is being announced by Sweet 
Briar College. 

Twenty-seven residents of the 
county are enrolled in the College as 
tuition-free day students for 1971-72, 
at a cost to the College of $75,600. 
Each recipient of an Amherst County 
grant receives a full tuition award 
in the amount of $2,800. 

At its meeting on May 8, 1971, the 
Board of Overseers approved the fol- 
lowing statement for Amherst County 
grants : 

"As an educational service to young 
women of Amherst County, financial 
aid in the form of grants and loans 
will be given to those who have grad- 
uated from a high school in the county 
and whose parents are bona fide resi- 
dents of the county, having resided 
there for at least one year prior to 
application for admission. Applicants 
must meet the regular standards for 
admission, must enroll as day stu- 
dents and must pay a day-student 
registration fee of $5 per year. 

"Effective for those admitted to the 
College in and after September, 1972, 
a grant equal to the computed need 
according to the Parents' Confidential 
Statement will be given for the fresh- 
man year. The grant shall not exceed 
the charge for tuition. For succeeding 
years aid will be given in a combina- 

tion of a grant and a loan, the total 
amount of the aid to be based on 
computed need according to the Par- 
ents' Confidential Statement. 

"While the student remains at 
Sweet Briar College, no interest on 
the loans will be required. Simple in- 
terest at the rate of 3% p. a. will 
begin on July 1 of the calendar year 
after the student's withdrawal or 
graduation. Payments of the principal 
amount at the rate of 10% p. a. will 
be due beginning on the same date. 

"Application for an Amherst 
County Grant must be filed with the 
application for admission and must 
include the Parents' Confidential 
Statement of the College Scholarship 
Service. Continuation of the Grant is 
dependent on the student's maintain- 
ing a satisfactory academic average 
and on her continuing financial need. 
The Renewal form of the Parents 
Confidential Statement is required 
each time there is a re-application 
for the Grant." 

A careful scrutiny of Sweet Briar 
catalogs reveals that Amherst County 
Tuition Scholarships were described 
for the first time in the 1922-23 edi- 
tion as follows: "Tuition scholarships 
are given to any students in Amherst 
County who are prepared to enter 
the College." 

Contrary to beliefs commonly held, 
there is no direction for such scholar- 
ships in the will of Indiana Fletcher 
Williams, Founder of Sweet Briar 
College. The will states: "I desire 
that the school shall be made self- 
supporting, so far as practicable, but 
it is my hope that the board of direc- 

tors may be able from the income 
placed at their disposal, to establish 
free scholarships, affording tuition 
and maintenance for a limited number 
of deserving students, which scholar- 
ships shall be awarded under such 
rules and regulations as the board 
may prescribe." 

From time to time the qualifications 
for Amherst County Scholarships 
have been re-stated. For example, 
the residence requirement was clari- 
fied in 1959 to specify that "full 
tuition scholarships are granted to 
students of college age whose parents 
are bona fide residents of the county, 
having resided there for at least one 
year prior to application for admis- 
sion." Beginning in 1963-64, tuition 
scholarships were granted to appli- 
cants who met the residence require- 
ments with the additional stipulations 
that they must be graduates of a high 
school in the county and must enroll 
as day students. Students who do not 
qualify under these conditions, and 
need financial assistance, may apply 
for scholarship aid under the regular 

Since 1906. some 170 Amherst 
County students have attended Sweet 
Briar, exclusive of daughters of fac- 
ulty and staff members, and 63 have 
earned the Sweet Briar A.B. degree. 

It is the sincere wish of the Board 
and administration of Sweet Briar 
College to continue this educational 
service to young women of Amherst 
County and that no applicant who is 
accepted by the Committee on Admis- 
sion will be prevented from attending 
Sweet Briar because of lack of funds. 


Do Alumni Care Enough ? 

by Perry Laukhuff, Vice President, 
John Price Jones Company 

There are 6,750,000 alumni of 
American independent colleges and 
universities. Only 1,250,000 of them 
give regularly or often to these in- 
stitutions. That is just 18%, or less 
than one in five. Where are the other 
5,500,000 who never give a penny to 
their own or any other independent 
college or university? Ponder this 
real mystery "shocker." 

At this very moment, when 
5,500,000 pockets are closed, higher 
education is in deep financial trouble. 
Such trouble is not new, but there are 
some new causes, larger dimensions, 
and almost no escapees, this time. 
The effects are most ominous among 
the independent colleges and univer- 

Causes? Inflation at 5%-7% a year, 
construction costs rising 10%-15% a 
year, enrollment up 100% in a decade, 
costly campus disruptions, increasing 
complexity of education and of its 
equipment, unionization of employees, 
rectification of faculty salary scales, 
more students requiring aid — costs, 
costs, costs, always rising faster than 
income (gifts at best are up overall 
by no more than 5%). Additionally, 
there are institutional waste, confu- 
sion, poor policies, and some unbridled 

Results? Smaller and weaker col- 
leges are closing — 21 in the past two 
years. Even famous universities are 
running heavy deficits, in the millions. 
We read of Columbia, New York, 
Princeton and others, in this connec- 
tion. Middle colleges differ only in 
having less leeway for meeting their 
five- and six-figure deficits. 

Solutions? Where closing does not 
impose an irrevocable answer, the re- 
Editor's Note: This article is reprint- 
ed from Philanthropic Digest, April 
7, 1971, by permission of John Price 
Jones Co. 

action is to cut back, to borrow from 
endowment or banks, to increase fees, 
to seek new sources of support. But 
— tuition approaches a consumer 
ceiling, and scholarship aid eats up 
the gains. Borrowing from endow- 
ment is cannibalization and, like bor- 
rowing from the bank, only com- 
pounds the problem. Sharp self-audit 
has merits, for it can eliminate waste 
and fat, and sharpen priorities. Be- 
yond a point, it can also create only 
stagnation, and erosion of both qual- 
ity and quantity. Businesses and 
foundations can hardly take up the 
slack; they already provide 40% of 
all voluntary support. 

New sources? Some pin their hopes 
on Big Brother. But government al- 
ready has gargantuan fiscal head- 
aches. Besides, "rescue" by govern- 
ment means monopoly by government. 
Is this what Americans want? Or do 
they still value an independent sector 
as a selective and freer force for 
educational quality? 

The ball bounces back to the alumni 
— those 5,500,000 alumni of our in- 
dependent institutions who are finan- 
cially mute. They could save inde- 
pendent higher education. On the rec- 
ord, they are unwilling to do so, or 
indifferent, or uninformed. (The 
5,600,000 alumni of public institutions 
are a separate story; 5,000,000 of 
them, or 86%, likewise are reported 
to make no financial contribution.) 

Bright spots? There are but few: 
Mount St. Joseph-on-the-Ohio enlists 
the support of more than 70% of its 
alumnae; 60% give to Dartmouth and 
Eureka ; while Mount Holyoke and 
Vanderbilt are among those supported 
by at least 50%. A paltry 11 others 
(out of 671 independents reporting) 
draw the support of half or more of 
thsir alumni. 

But where are the 90% who do not 
give to the Florida-Southerns and 

Transylvanias? Where the 80% who 
ignore the Furmans, Portlands and 
Yeshivas? Where the 70% who do not 
give to the Otterbeins and Stanfords? 
Where the 60% who turn down the 
Browns, Millses and Pomonas? Where 
the 50% who have a deaf ear for the 
Notre Dames, Reeds and Sweet 
Briars, and the other 655 colleges and 

Enormous credit goes to the one 
alumnus in five who has helped make 
possible the magnificent forward 
movement of the private sector of 
our system. He shares credit with en- 
lightened industries, with founda- 
tions, with wealthy non-alumni, and 
certainly with government. 

But when all is said and done, one 
must insistently ask why 5,500,000 
alumni — 82% of the total — continually 
ignore their alma maters, in health 
and in sickness. 

The record testifies to a failure of 
monumental proportions, with the 
blame widely spread. This is a con- 
clusion reluctantly expressed. Many 
of the colleges are excellent. Most de- 
serve to live. The alumni are good 
citizens. Many, or most, are giving 
for better health, better environment, 
charity, religion, peace, civil rights, 
and any number of like causes. Why 
do they not give for better independ- 
ent colleges? 

Partly, many alumni do not like 
what they see. They see profligacy, 
they see educational frivolity, and 
they often meet deaf ears. There is a 
crisis of confidence in educators. 
Partly, alumni do not see what is 
happening to the colleges, nor what 
their own responsibility is. Thus col- 
leges and alumni are both under heavy 

Alumni are Exhibit No. 1 of the 
achievements of independent higher 
education. Yet if they do not begin 
to open up their admittedly hard- 


pressed purses, they may soon be only 
melancholy testimonials to the failure 
of education to create or inspire a 
sense of responsibility towards itself, 
witnesses of the extinction of Ameri- 
can private initiative in education. 

Guilt and irresponsibility are harsh 
words but they stem from harsh facts. 

Suppose each of the 5,500,000 non- 
givers among alumni of independent 
colleges were suddenly to awake and 
give an average of $100 each in 1971. 
The resulting $550,000,000 would al- 
most double the alumni giving of 
1968-1969, and would actually in- 
crease by nearly half the total sup- 
port received by independent institu- 
tions from all voluntary sources in 
that year. The beneficial financial im- 
pact would be incalculable. Even an 
average of $50 from each non-giver 
would affect the balance. 

The colleges are just not selling 
themselves to their own. Maybe their 
wares are tarnished. Perhaps they 
should go into the confessional and 
come out with cleaner hearts and 

As for the alumni, 5,500,000 minds 
need to reorder their priorities, and 
reawaken the will to give. If alumni 
cannot conscientiously support their 
own colleges, they can surely find an- 
other independent college to support. 
They must exercise the saving power 
which lies in their hands while there 
is yet something to save. They must 
reassess their responsibility as edu- 
cated men and women. 
Note: Statistics are based on those 
in "Voluntary Support of Education 
1968-1969," prepared by the Division 
of Research, Council for Financial 
Aid to Education, and sponsored by 
that Council, the American Alumni 
Council, and the National Association 
of Independent Schools. 1969-1969 is 
the latest year for which statistics are 

Perry Laukhuff is a former mem- 
ber of the Sweet Briar faculty. From 
1930-1936 he was Instructor in Gov- 
ernment. "At that time," he writes, 
"I was the whole Department! Eliza- 
beth Bond Wood, 'SU, was one of my 
well-remembered students, as were 
Martha von Briesen, '31 , and my wife, 
Jessie Coburn Laukhuff, '33. Jessie 
and I remain extremely fond of Sweet 
Briar, with which we have kept in 
rather close touch and where we visit 
from time to time. We were last there 
in May, when we were guests of Miss 
Sarah Ramage, en route back from 
picking up our daughter, Louise, a 
freshman at Sullins last year. Jessie 
takes part in the activities of the 
Fairfield County Sweet Briar Club 
and sells bulbs to an impressive de- 
gree every year!" 

The Laukhuff s live in Norwalk, 
Conn., where Mrs. Laukhuff is the 
Parish Delegate to Diocesan Conven- 
tion and President of the Choir Guild, 
and where Mr. Laukhuff is an officer 
of the Assoc, to Save the Norwalk 
Islands and a member of the Council 

on Foreign Relations, New York. 

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Perry Lauk- 
huff received his A.B. degree from. 
Otterbein College; his A.M. degree 
from Harvard; and a certificate, from 
the Academy of International Law. 
at The Hague. 

"I suppose," he writes, "you could 
say I have had three careers. I taught 
at Sweet Briar . . . Then I ivas a 
U.S. Foreign Service Officer from 
1937-1953, including posts in Milan, 
Berlin, and Stockholm, ending as 
Director of the Office of German Po- 
litical Affairs, Department of State. 
Thirdly, I have been with Joint Price 
Jones Company, fund-raising consult- 
ants and managers, since 1956 . . . 
In my present position I have made 
close studies of many fine colleges 
and universities, including Amherst, 
Carleton, Colgate, Depauw. Duke, 
Johns Hopkins, Lawrence, Pomona, 
Trinity, Southern California. So I 
wrote my article against a really ex- 
ceptional background of personal 
familiarity with the situation in 
higher education." 


Annual Giving Report, 1970-1971 

Carlo de Creny Levin, '51 

To Sweet Briar Alumnae: 

Sweet Briar thanks each one of you who contributed to the 
College last year. As a result of your thoughtful giving, more than 
$538,000 was given by alumnae to Sweet Briar's endowment and 
current budgets. The $188,000 which you contributed to annual 
giving alone has assisted in providing scholarships, needed faculty 
increases, and the beginning of our new alumnae program, "Our 
Total Environment." By your commitment, you have demonstrated 
that Sweet Briar alumnae continue to have confidence in their 
College and want to see it prosper as an outstanding liberal arts 

With Sweet Briar's new President, we look forward to a chal- 
lenging new era which will offer new goals and new opportunities. 
Again, our warmest thanks for all you have done. 


Carla de Creny Levin, '51 
Alumnae Fund Chairman 

1970-1971 Giving at a Glance 

Alumnae Total Giving $535,568.43 or 41.0% of Total 

Parents Total Giving $173,835.01 or 13.3% of Total 

Foundations $407,850.00 or 31.0% of Total 

Other sources $187,211.66 or 14.7% of Total 



Alumnae Fund Committee 

Carla de Creny Levin, '51, Chairman 

Marion Bower Harrison, '48 

Carol Cox MacKinnon, '45 

Beatrice Dingwell Loos, '46 

Mary Morris Gamble Booth, '50 

Nancy Doiod Burton, 46 

Jean Gillespie Walker, '54 

Whitney Jester, '65 

Kay Prothro Yeager, '61 

Julia Sadler de Coligny, '34 

Ex-officio : 

Blair Bunting Both, '40 

Nancy Hamel Clark, '52 

Elizabeth Bond Wood, '34 

Ann Morrison Reams, '42 

Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle, '35 


The Sweet Briar Fund: July 2, 1970- June 30, 1971 

ALUMNAE GIVING Annual Destiny Program 

Through Class Fund Agent System $159,622.67 $232,332.87 

(Includes gifts from alumnae 

members of the Board of Overseers) 
Club Gifts 

Friends of the Library 
Bequests from Alumnae 




Faculty, Staff, Students 

Friends : 

Board of Overseers members 

(non-alumnae and non-parents) 

Parents : 

Board of Overseers members 

Friends of the Library 




























The Boxivood 

Each year, alumnae who give 
$1,000 or more to Sweet Briar become 
members of the Boxwood Circle. Ini- 
tiated in 1960 by Nancy Doivd Bur- 
ton, '46, Fund Chairman, and or- 
ganized by its first Chairman, Gladys 
Wester Horton, '30, the Boxwood Cir- 
cle has contributed $1,606,349.87 to 
Sweet Briar. 

During 1970-1971 the following 
Boxwood Circle members contributed 

Alberta Hensel Pew, A 
Mary Herd Moore, A 
Virginia Lazenby O'Hara, A 
Mabel McWane Harrah, A 
Margaret Potts Williams, A 
Frances Murrcll Rickards, '10 
Anne Gary Pannell Taylor (Hon- 
orary), '10 
Ruth Lloyd, '11 (deceased) 
Anonymous, '13 
Eva Horner Butterworth, '13 
Frances Pennypacker, '15 
Margaret Banister, '16 
Rachel Forbush Wood, '16 
Dorys McConnell Duberg, '16 
Mary Pennypacker Davis, '16 
Antoinette Camp Hagood, '16 

Rachel Lloyd Holton, '17 
Ruth Mcllravy Logan, '17 
Isabel Wood Holt, '19 
Lucile Barrow Turner, '20 
Caroline Freiburg Marcus, '20 
Florence Woelfel Elston, '21 
Katherine Blount Andersen, '26 

Edna Lee Gilchrist, '26 
Ellen Newell Bryan, '26 
Ruth Lowrance Street, '27 
Rebecca Manning Cutler, '27 
Elise Morley Fink, '27 
Eleanor Branch Cornell, '28 
Janet Bruce Bailey, '29 
Mary Huntington Harrison, '30 
Eleanor Marshall Tucker, '30 
Emma Riely Lemaire, '30 
Gladys Wester Horton, '30 
Dorothy Boyle Charles, '31 
Agnes Cleveland Sandifer, '31 
Martha von Briesen, '31 
Sue Burnett Davis, '32 
Sarah Gracey Haskell, '32 
Margaret Guppy Dickie, '33 
Marjorie Bis Hand, '33 
Nancy Butzer Lea veil, '34 
Juliet Halliburton Burnett, '35 
Jacquelvn Strickland Dwelle, '35 
Mary Whipple Clark, '35 
Mary Virginia Camp Smith, '36 
Margaret Huxley Dick, '36 
Ellen Snodgrass Bark, '37 
Katherine Gardner Stevenson, '38 
Virginia Heizer Hickenlooper, '38 
Dorothy Nicholson Tate, '38 
Sarah Belk Gambrell, '39 
Elizabeth Perkins Prothro, '39 
Adelaide Boze Glascock, '40 
Blair Bunting Both, '40 
Georgia Herbert Hart, '40 
Nida Tomlin Watts, '40 
Martha Jean Brooks Miller, '41 
Joan DeVore Roth, '41 
Betty Doucett Neill, '41 
Marie Gaffney Barry, '41 
Louise Kirk Edwards, '41 
Sarah Adams Bush, '43 
May Smith Burgess, '43 
Martha Holton Glesser, '45 

Flora Cameron Atherton, '46 
Nancy Dowel Burton, '46 
Alice Eubank Burke, '46 
Mary Holton Effler, '46 
Adeline Jones Voorhees, '46 
Helen Murchison Lane, '46 
Anne Stuckle Houston, '46 
Barbara K. Warner, '46 
Eleanor Bosworth Shannon, '47 
Eleanor Crumrine Stewart, '47 
Meredith Slane Finch, '47 
Ann Samford Upchurch, '48 
Patricia Traugott Rixey, '48 
Anonymous, '49 
Elizabeth Todd Landen, '50 
Sally Fisburn Fulton, '52 
Jane Roseberry Ewald, '52 
Anonymous, '52 
Jean Gillespie Walker, '54 
Lynn Crosby Gammill, '58 
Martha Bulkley O'Brien, '59 
Dorothy Mayher Shepard, '59 
Clara Newman Blanchard, '60 
Mildred Newman Thayer, '61 
Kay Prothro Yeager, '61 
Ann Ritchey Baruch, '62 
Stephanie Bredin Hyland, '68 
Tanya Anderson, '70 

Boxwood Circle Committee. 

Blair Bunting Both, '40 Chairman 
Juliet Halliburton Burnett, '35 
Dorothy Nicholson Tate, '38 
Elizabeth Prescott Balch, '28 
Dale Hutter Harris, '53 
Gladys Wester Horton, '30 
Phoebe Rowc Peters, '31 
Ellen Snodgrass Park, '37 
Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle, '35 
Nida Tomlin Watts, '40 
Patricia Traugott Rixey, '48 


Class Statistics: July I, 1970 - June 30, 1971 











Fund Agent 

Frances Murrell Rickards 

Anne Schutte Nolt 

Rachel Lloyd Holton 
Margaret McVey 
Caroline Sharpe Sanders 

Elizabeth Shoop Dixon 

Helen McMahon 
Jean Grant Taylor 
Elsie Munro Haller 
Marietta B. Darsie 
Emily Jones Hodge 
Louise Harned Ross 
Mary Archer Bean Eppes 
Gwen Oleott Writer and 
Betsy Williams Gilmore 

Perrone Whittaker Scott 
Charlotte B. Magoffin 
Ella Jessee Latham 
Emily Marsh Nichols 
Pat Whitford Allen 
Betty Cocke Winfree 
Anne Lawman Bussey 
Dorothy Tison Campbell 
Lucy Gordan Jeffers 
Nancy Haskins Elliot 

Elizabeth Brown-Serman MacRae 

Alice Sweney Weed 

Brooks Barnes 

Norma Bradley Arnold 

Ruth Longmire Wagner 

Beatrice Dingwell Loos 

Sara Ann McMidlen Lindsey 

Jeanne Morrell Garlington 

Mary Sommers Booth Parker 

Louise Moore 

Sally Anderso-n Blalock 
Joanne Holbrook Patton 
June Arata Pickett 
Joy Parker Eldredge 
Ruth Campbell Van Derpoel 
Mary A. Hicklin Quarngesser 
Carolyn Westfall Monger 
Penny Meighan Martin 
Anne Eagles Carrell 
Margot Saur Meyer 

Kay Prothro Yeager 
Anne Parker Schmalz 
Lucy Otis Anderson 
Jo Ann Soderquist Kramer 
Laura Haskell Phinizy 
Randi Miles Long and Anna Bartel Cox 
Randy Brown Sebren and Ann Kern 
Connie Williams de Bordenave 
and Pam Burwell Benton 
Ann Arnspiger and Nancy Wendling Peacock 
Stuart Davenport 
Academy, Special, and Honorary Alumnae 

No. in class 

No. giving 

















































































































































































:ock 226 










$ 4,000.63 
















Siveet Briar Club Gifts, 1970-71 

"One final point in closing. If any of you 
should happen to drift into the system and 
make it big, I hope you'll give consideration 
to the fiscal plight of your alma mater," 

Drawing by Donald Reilly; © 1971 The New Yorker Magazine, Inc. 

Endowed Club 



$ 2,000.00 













Fairfield County 






Long Island 






Virginia Peninsula 










Southern Calif. 


Washington, D.C. 





General Endowed Scholarships 



Annual Scholarships 


$ 300.00 





Fairfield Co 











St. Louis 













The Golden 

Each year, alumnae who give from 
$250 to $999 to Sweet Briar become 
members of the Golden Stairs. 

The Golden Stairs was established 
in 1968 by the Fund Committee of the 
Alumnae Association. Nancy Hamel 
Clark, '52, served as Chairman of 
the Golden Stairs from 1968-1971. 
The Golden Stairs has contributed 
$124,327.80 to Sweet Briar. 

During 1970-1971, the following 
members of the Golden Stairs con- 
tributed $42,607.09: 
Mary Harris Ludington, A 
Margaret Thomas Kreusi, '12 
Anonymous, '13 
Marion Yerkes Barlow, '14 
Anne Schutte Nolt, '15 
Emmy Thomas Thomasson, '15 
Louise Bennett Lord, '16 
Catherine Marshall Shuler, '18 
Margaret McVey, '18 
Mary S. Reed, '18 
Florence Freeman Fowler, '19 
Isabel Luke Witt, '19 
Caroline Sharpe Sanders, '19 
Rhoda Allen Worden, '21 
Gertrude Pauly Crawford, '21 
Gertrude Daily Massie, '22 
Frederica Bernhard, '24 
Emily Jeffrey Williams, '24 
Mary Taylor Scroth, '24 
Jane Becker Clippinger, '25 
Dorothy Hamilton Davis, '26 
Helen Mutschler Becker, '26 
Barbara Ware Smith, '26 
Camilla Alsop Hyde, '27 
Anonymous, '27 
Elizabeth Crane Hall, '28 
Elizabeth Failing Bernhard, '28 
Marguerite Hodnett McDaniel, '28 
Lucille Stone Dunlap, '28 
Kate T. Coe, '29 
Martha Maupin Stewart, '29 
Nancy H. Coe, '31 
Jane Muhlberg Halverstadt, '31 
Mary Leigh Seaton Marston, '31 
Anonymous, '31 
Evelyn Mullen, '31 
Phoebe Rowe Peters, '31 
Marcia Lewis Patterson, '32 
Virginia Bellamy Ruffin, '32 
Hazel Stamps Collins, '32 
Margaret Austin Johnson, '33 
Margaret Lanier Chambers, '33 
Josephine Rucker Powell, '33 
Mary Marks, '35 
Julia Peterkin, '35 
Rebecca Young Frazer, '35 
Kathryn Ferson Barrett, '36 
Anonymous, '36 
Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott, '36 
Elizabeth Tomlin Jewell, '36 
Virginia Rutty Anstice, '36 
Lydia Warner Kanhofer, '36 
Margaret Cornwell Schmidt, '37 

Virginia Hardin, '37 
Elinor Ward Francis, '37 
Kate Sulzberger Levi, '38 
Lee Montague Watts, '39 
Gertrude Robertson Midlen, '39 
Anonymous, '40 
Anne Borough O'Connor, '41 
Joan DeVore Roth, '41 
Betty Doucett Neill, '41 
Margaret Tomlin Graves, '41 
Margaret Wilson Dickey, '41 
Sudie Clark Hanger, '42 
Margaret Gearing Wickham, '42 
Dorothy Malone Yates, '42 
Irene Mitchell Moore, '42 
Rozella Hazard Potter, '43 
Fay Martin Chandler, '43 
Barbara McNeill Yow, '43 
Anne McJunkin Briber, '43 
Nancy Pingree Drake, '43 
Mildred Brenizer Lucas, '44 
Lucile Christmas Brewster, '44 
Frances Hester Dornette, '44 
Frances Longino Schroder, '44 
Catherine Tift Porter, '44 
Rosemary Newby Mullen, '45 
Flora Cameron Atherton, '46 
Elinor Clement Littleton, '46 
Catherine Smart Grier, '46 
Mary Vinton Fleming, '46 

Golden Stairs Committee, 

Nancy Hamel Clark, '52 
Jean Gillespie Walker, '54 

Eleanor Crumrine Stewart, '47 
Catharine Fitzgerald Booker, '47 
Jean Old, '47 

Margaret Robertson Christian, '47 
Susan Van Cleve Riehl, '47 
Martha Garrison Anness, '48 
Mayde Ludington Henningsen, '48 
Margaret Sheffield Martin, '48 
Jane Taylor Ix, '48 
Margaret Woods Tillett, '49 
Deborah Freeman Cooper, '50 
Sally Lane Johnson, '50 
Sally Anderson Blalock, '51 
Doris Brody Rosen, '51 
Seymour Laughon Rennolds, '51 
Nancy Hamel Clark, '52 
Mary Bailey Izard, '52 
Charlotte Snead Stifel, '52 
Dale Hutter Harris, '53 
Caroline Miller Ewing, '53 
Carolyn Tolbert Smith, '53 
Frances Reese Peale, '54 
Elizabeth Walker Dykes, '54 
Ruth Campbell Vanderpoel, '55 
Camille Williams Taylor, '55 
Rose Montgomery Johnston, '56 
Karen Steinhardt Kirkbride, '56 
Nancy Godwin Baldwin, '57 
Carol McMurty Fowler, '57 
Sally Dobson Danforth, '59 
Lucy Frost Dunning, '59 
Ann Pegram Harris, '59 
Elizabeth Smith White, '59 
Jane Ellis Covington, '60 
Jane Arensberg Thompson, '61 
Barbara Burns Persons, '64 
Elizabeth Scott Porter, '64 
Gertrude Slade, '71 

The comprehensive fee of $3800 per student in 1971-72 does not 
cover the entire cost of a student's education for one year at Sweet 
Briar. The fee pays approximately 76% of the cost of her educa- 
tion. The difference between what the student pays and what it 
costs the College comes primarily from contributions from individ- 
uals (alumnae, parents and others), foundations and corporations, 
and endowment income. 



There are Diversities of Gifts, but the Same Spirit" 

.L rom the Wellesley Alumnae Mag- 
azine we adopt its phrase, "There 
are diversities of gifts, but the same 
spirit." To our thinking, spirit means 
the spirit of belief: a state of mind 
in which confidence and trust are 
placed in some person or thing. How 
a college instills a "spirit of giving" 
is not an inconsiderable question, and 
no one can predict exactly how and 
why another person will give over 
the years to a private college such 
as Sweet Briar. This is a matter of 
personal decision, circumstance, and 
interest, and above all, a matter of 
belief and confidence in the future 
of a college. 

Three facts remain clear: one, since 
the beginning of this century, gen- 
erous people — individuals and fami- 
lies — have made Sweet Briar what 
it is, one of the nation's strong and 
effective liberal arts colleges; two, if 
each person does as much as she (or 
he) can, the College will be made in- 
finitely stronger for the future; and 
three, the future of Sweet Briar will 
depend on the continued concern and 
vision and belief given it by the 
Sweet Briar Family: friends, parents, 
faculty, and alumnae. 

"Where there's a will, there's a 
way" is exactly the way in which two 
members of the Sweet Briar Family 
— Ruth Lloyd, '11, and Elizabeth Joy 
Cole, '21 — expressed their belief in 
their college: their estate planning in- 
cluded bequests to Sweet Briar. 

Ruth Lloyd 

Ruth Lloyd was a member of the 
Class of 1911; she came from Toledo, 
Ohio. She received her B.S. degree 
from Teachers College, Columbia Uni- 
versity, and her Master's degree in 
Nutrition from the University of 
Iowa. She enjoyed gardening, handi- 
crafts, weaving, rug-hooking, knitting 
— and her first Sweet Briar reunion! 
That was her 50th reunion, in 1961. 
She commented then how delighted 
she was with the reception she re- 

ceived, saying, "Everyone was so 
gracious to even an old lady. It made 
me feel alive again." She also said 
she had wanted to join the Boxwood 
Circle but had been unable to on her 
fixed income. Her bequest of $10,000 
to Sweet Briar included Boxwood 
Circle memberships in the names of 
her sister, Rachel Lloyd Holton. '17, 
and two nieces, Mary Louise Holton 
Effler, '46, and Martha Holton Gles- 
ser, '45. The remainder of Ruth 
Lloyd's bequest was designated for 
the Memorial Scholarship Fund at 
Sweet Briar. 

Elizabeth Joy Cole 

Elizabeth Joy Cole, from Plain- 
field, N.J., was a friend and class- 
mate of Edith Durrell Marshall, '21, 
of Cincinnati. Edith was co-chairman 
of the 50th reunion of the Class of 
1921; and following the reunion this 
past June, Edith wrote, "Yes, I knew 
Betty Cole, possibly as well as any in 
our class. We both majored in chem- 
istry and in our senior year shared 
a three-room suite on 2nd floor Gray. 
Betty was small, slender, quick in 
movement. She belonged to one of the 
dramatic clubs, a member of the stage 
crew. She loved horses, rode quite a 
bit, and knew every nook and cranny 
of the campus." 

From Sweet Briar, Elizabeth Cole 
went on to Columbia University, 
where she received her Master's de- 
gree in Organic Chemistry. She 
founded the technical library at 
American Cyanimid Corporation, 
Bridgewater, N. J., and she headed 
the library from 1929-1963, when she 
retired. At that time she was one of 
five persons selected for membership 
in the Special Libraries Association 
Hall of Fame. 

Betty Cole was a past president of 
Special Libraries Association; mem- 
ber of Association of Special Li- 
braries and Information Bureaus in 
England; member of the Board of 
Directors, Plainfield Public Library. 

From 1925-27 she was Instructor in 
Chemistry, Winthrop College, S. C. 
She then spent a year at the Skin 
and Cancer Hospital, New York, 
working in the field of blood analysis. 

Chemistry and special libraries 
were Elizabeth Cole's career. In the 
Alumnae Neivs, October, 1944, she 
defines the meanings of the special 
library, and she describes "the special 
librarian" (which she was, techni- 
cally, and very likely, personally) . 
She wrote that the assets needed by 
the special librarian are "tact, pa- 
tience, imagination, persistence, thor- 
oughness, adaptability, trustworthi- 
ness and vision ... To be alert to 
what may happen tomorrow, to judge 
from trade notes, news items, govern- 
ment directives or any other source 
what may be important next week, 
next month, or even next year re- 
quires vision. . . ." 

Sweet Briar was important to 
Elizabeth Cole: Sweet Briar is the 
sole beneficiary of her estate of 

Bequests, 1970-1971, 

Received from the 

estates of: 

Dorothy L. Bancroft, '13 

Elizabeth Joy Cole, '21 

Vivienne Barkalow Hornbeck, 

Ruth Lloyd, '11 

Cornelia Wailes Wailes, '26 

Hannah W. Besselievre, mother 
of Jean Besselievre Boley, '35 

Ruth B. Howland, former mem- 
ber of the Biology Depart- 


Undergraduate Interest in 
Problems of Environment 

by Laura Buckham, Project Coordinator, 

Sweet Briar's Program of Continuing Education 

If I were an alumna I would ask 
"In what way are the present stu- 
dents of Sweet Briar becoming aware 
of problems of the environment while 
in college and will they carry back 
constructive ideas to their own com- 

Already two students have shown 
in their communities their personal 
concern for "Our Total Environ- 
ment": in 1969 Mary Phillips and 
Nancy Kaufmann (class of '72) or- 
ganized and carried out marches of 
protest at Hilton Head, S. C, as 
residents and fishermen feared the 
pollution that would result if a 
German chemical plant located on the 
Island. The young people, carrying 
placards, marched from the Post Of- 
fice to the Court House and talked to 
the Commissioners. As a result of 
concerted efforts and publicity on the 
part of students, the plan for the 
chemical plant was abandoned. 

Here on campus in 1970-71 stu- 
dents and faculty have worked on 
specific environmental programs : 
Seventy-two students enrolled in 
Elizabeth Sprague's course: Biology 
98, "Conservation : Agenda for To- 
morrow." Weekly films and outside 
speakers have attracted other stu- 
dents as auditors as well as faculty 
members and residents of Amherst, 
Lynchburg, and Bedford. Field trips 
to the Glamorgan Pipe and Foundry 
Company, the Mead Paper Company, 
Owens-Illinois and others have opened 
the eyes of many to the need for con- 
certed action and the realization that 
industry is working — often against 
great odds — to clean up the air, land 
and water. But much remains to be 
done. A trip to the Sweet Briar sew- 
age treatment plant brought the prob- 
lem into immediate focus. Funds for 
the program on the Environment 
came from the 1970 grant of the 
National Science Foundation. 

Every other Monday this past 
spring a truck parked in the quad- 
rangle to collect paper which was 
sold to the Mead Company for recy- 
cling. More than 5% tons have been 
carted off for future use. This proj- 
ect is sponsored by "Clean," an or- 
ganization of faculty and students 
started in 1969-70. 

The Student Development Commit- 
tee is selling recommended detergents 
in an anti-phosphate, anti-enzyme 

Jane Belcher, Professor of Biology, 
reports that in her Biology 2 course 
nine freshmen are working on a proj- 
ect testing the water above and below 
the American Cyanamid plant at 
Piney River, which is scheduled to 
close on June 15. The girls test for 
oxygen, nitrates, phosphates, acidity, 
temperature, evidence of life and 
cleanliness of water. The project will 
continue in 1971-72. 

Some of Professor Edwards' stu- 
dents are working to develop and 
protect the "Scenic Stream" — a 
stream which rises on the slope of 
Paul's Mountain, flows into the big 
lake and through it on toward Am- 
herst. The water is tested for effects 
of thermal and chemical pollution as 
well as for turbidity, microorganisms, 
temperature related to sunlight and 
to the condition of banks formerly 
damaged by cattle grazing. Compari- 
sons are made between the vegetation 
of the woodland edge of the stream 
and that of the edge covered by grass- 
land, recently protected from dis- 

turbance. The stream has been map- 
ped in detail, has a foot trail running 
beside it and is marked with a hun- 
dred-foot protected band on each side. 
The project has three aims: to show 
as nearly as possible the stream and 
surrounding areas as they may have 
been encountered by Indians and 
pioneers ; to show what varieties of 
plants and animals would naturally 
inhabit such an area and to make 
them available for future biological 
and ecological studies; to enhance the 
quality of Sweet Briar's water supply 
(the big lake) and to insure a more 
regular flow of water into the lake. 

These are only a few of the ecologi- 
cal projects that have been going on 
at Sweet Briar this year. The study 
of the environment and man's place in 
it have had their place in courses 
here for many years, and individuals 
and groups have long been considering 
the way in which the College can 
best make use of its priceless acreage 
and choice surroundings — the rarest 
heritage its Founders could have left 

Students collect hydra on a field trip to the St. Angelo dam. 


Alumna Establishes 
Endowed Professorship 

The first Sweet Briar alumna to 
provide an Endowed Professorship at 
Sweet Briar is Dorys MeConnell Du- 
berg, '16, of Hobe Sound, Fla. Her 
gift of $250,000 establishes the Dorys 
MeConnell Duberg Professorship in 

This Professorship reflects Mrs. 
Duberg's life-long interest in nature, 
wildlife, gardening, and outdoor ac- 
tivities. For about 25 years she was 
the owner and operator of a working 
farm in Weston, Conn. 

She and her husband, Mr. H. P. J. 
Duberg, have long been actively in- 
terested in the preservation of natural 
areas. He is serving his second term 

on the Board of Governors of The 
Nature Conservancy, and he is a 
member of its executive, finance, in- 
vestment, and audit committees. 

President Whiteman, expressing the 
gratitude of the College for this gen- 
erous gift from an alumna, said in 
September, "Sweet Briar has an ideal 
location with ample lands, forest, 
field and hill, which are to be pre- 
served in perpetuity, to serve as a 
laboratory for studies of the natural 
environment — both its own processes 
and human uses and abuses. No more 
timely or beneficial gift could have 
been made. It represents the highest 
tradition of our active and concerned 

Bulb Project 
Hits New 

To: All Bulb Chairmen, Club Presi- 
dents, and Solos 

From: Anne Noyes Awtrey, '43, Na- 
tional Bulb Chairman 

Another successful year of bulb 
selling ends with a record sale: 
$136,044.00, the highest total in our 
Project's history. Bulb sales amounted 
to $121,896.00. Amaryllis sales last 
fall and winter totalled $14,148.00. 

It is through your efforts that 
Sweet Briar will be richer in her 
scholarship and building funds. A 
letter from Dean Sims to the Chair- 
man of the Solos, Catherine Vance 
Johns, '48, informs us that the schol- 
arship provided by the Solos has been 
awarded for 1971-72 to Meriel 
Michael of New Delhi, India. This 
fund was established several years 
ago, with the profits from the sales 
of alumnae in areas where there are 
no Sweet Briar Clubs, for the benefit 
of foreign students. The fund was 
named in honor of Martha Lucas 
Pate, Sweet Briar's fourth President. 


Those of us who listen to Rock rec- 
ords often ask, What is Rock all 
about? Some of us agree with the 
newspaper columnist who wrote that 
Rock is a nervous breakdown set to 
music. We asked Mr. Gilpin for his 
opinions on the meaning of Youth 
and Rock. He sums it up in three 
words: A Big Put-on. 

A member of Sweet Briar's Music 
Department since 19 U6, Professor of 
Music G. Noble Gilpin received his 
Bachelor's and Master's degrees in 
Music from Syracuse University and 
his Doctorate in Sacred Music from 
Union Theological Seminary. 

Is Rock Music 
on the 

Scene from 
the American 
tribal-love Rock 
musical, Hair. 

by G. Noble Gilpin, Professor of Music 

The answer is : "Yes, Rock Mu- 
sic is on the rocks." Rock fes- 
tivals are a thing of the past, 
a thing to be remembered like the 
"thing" in horror movies. The idea 
that the rock movement is the great- 
est contribution, or the greatest in- 
fluence, to be found in 20th-century 
music is puerile, to say the least. 

Rock music is symptomatic of the 
violence in our time, particularly the 
late 60's, as evidenced in an art. But 
it is not a contribution, it is a symp- 
tom, and there is a difference. One 
may as well say violence has con- 
tributed to our culture. Did Goya 
think the violence of the Spanish 
Revolution contributed to the culture 
of Spain? His great paintings show 
violence as the great destructive ele- 
ment of that culture and though they 
are, in themselves, great works of 
art, they do not propagandize for 

Rock music propagandizes for, and 
generally excites, violence. Rock music 
at 120 decibels or more is violence. It 
cannot by any stretch of the imagina- 
tion be called music in the true sense 
of the word. The Oxford Dictionary 
defines music as "that one of the fine 
arts which is concerned with the 
combination of sounds with a beauty 
of form and expression of thought or 
feeling. . . ." The key word to this 
definition is beauty. The very word 
implies non-violence. Yes, a terrible 
thunderstorm may be beautiful as a 
temporary display of nature, but 
eight hours or more should weary the 
hardiest soul, and afterwards there 
is always the calm. 

Eight hours of a rock festival, in- 
terrupted or accompanied from time 
to time by the hysterical screams of 
teenie-boppers, and the occasional 
fisticuffs and brawls among the more 
vulnerable population in the audi- 
ence bring no such calm. Despite the 
reports of Woodstock, not all was 
peace and light in those muddy fields; 
practically every festival since has 
become more and more obviously an 
exhibition of unrestrained, unguided 
violence, with broken heads, bad trips 
and not a few deaths as a result. We 
are not about to re-define the art of 
music for a few years of a violent 
abbsration whose chief legacy will 
not be anything new or vital added 
to the art, but only a generation of 
very deaf victims who are now in 
their middle and late teens. For too 
many kids, the calm that follows the 
storm of the rock decade will grad- 
ually reveal itself as a nightmare of 

silence to live with the rest of their 
very long lives. 

How has this nightmare come 
about? The Wall Street Journal of 
May 28, 1971, presents an article 
which calls attention to the fact that 
rock music may have at the very out- 
set given its young audiences a sense 
of affirmation. Its lyrics confirmed 
unverbalized beliefs that were just 
then taking shape. But it actually 
found in its very popularity its un- 
doing: it became big business. I fear 
I cannot give the movement even 
that much credulity. It was conceived 
as big business by enterpreneurs of 
our generation, not by the young. 
Those so-called "unverbalized beliefs" 
have been verbalized in song and 
story since time immemorial. There 
were no new social concepts in rock 
lyrics. Even a casual perusal will 
show them to be largely inarticulate 
in their attempts to recapitulate or 
restate the truisms of previous cen- 
turies. Of course, no generation ever 
lives up to its stated ideals, and some 
of the innocent thought this driving 
reiterative affirmation at an irresist- 
ible level of loudness would carry the 
day and we would all emerge cleansed 
and pure. But again, violence does 
not purge, it destroys. 

The rock movement became a big 
business devoted entirely to the ex- 
ploitation of the young purely in the 
interests of entertainment for the 
sake of. money that could be made 
from it. It is important to realize 
that seriously performed art is not 
entertainment. Beethoven did not 
write his symphonies to entertain. 
Art, performed or pictured or what 
you will, is the revelation of a given 
culture. As much can be learned 
about' the Renaissance by studying its 
Pine Arts as by studying all the 
words the critics and historians have 
written about it. The sounds of notes, 
the pulsations of rhythms and the 
silence of rests reveal far more inti- 
mately mankind's inner drives, fears 
and longings than do any discussions, 
dissections or dissertations to which 
our age has given so much credence. 

The great flaw in the rock move- 
ment, I think, is that it was from the 
beginning- a big put-on. It was con- 
ceived and developed in the minds of 
a group of a-musical enterpreneurs. 
Put $1,000,000 in a product, any prod- 
uct including music, in advertising; 
flood the market, overwhelm the se- 
lected public and they will reward 
you— with $10,000,000, and so it has 
worked out. One does not have to be 

talented or trained; one has to be 
smart or have a smart manager or 
smart money back of one. Take 
the case of Terry Knight and the 
Grand Funk Railroad: Knight was a 
total flop at his initial appearance, so 
he hired for $100,000 a mammouth 
billboard overlooking Times Square, 
New York. "For three months the 
hairy, bigger-than-life faces did 
nothing but stare down at the pas- 
sersby." But sales soared. Even the 
rock critics, who have bent over back- 
wards to keep their products nego- 
tiable, shivered out such words as 
"hideous, atrocious, simplistic, one- 
dimensional, un-musical" (this last 
word is surely the understatement of 
the century). At 400 decibels per 
evening, Mr. Knight's approach — ■ 
which includes test critics and satura- 
tion marketing — is as stupendous a 
success as his music is loud, and that, 
dear reader, is saying something. 

But it would seem there is a limit, 
after all. Almost without exception, 
recent rock festivals have been dis- 
mal failures. The rock promoters 
have gradually lowered their age- 
target until now they are down to 
the ll-to-15 year olds; somewhere in 
the human equation there is a limit 
to the amount of nonsense the post- 
adolescent will stand. With the kids 
screaming for "more, more, more," 
with the performers becoming more 
demanding and less reliable and re- 
sponsible and here and there with- 
drawing from the field altogether 
(read the notices in Hi-Fi Stereo and 
other trade publications of rock mu- 
sicians retiring from the scene "be- 
cause of a slight hearing problem"), 
the 20 year olds are staying away 
from the "scene" in droves. Not a few 
of them are finding' their musical 
satisfaction elsewhere. The New York 
City Opera Company audience is a 
young audience, and wonder of won- 
ders (I would not have believed it 
had I not been told by two eye wit- 
nesses), the festival honoring Josquin 
Des Prez (born c. 1450!) held at 
Lincoln Center this sunmmer was 
flooded with long-haired, velvet-jack- 
eted, beaded unisex youth applauding 
every madrigal, motet and mass of 
this great master and crowding to 
the rim of the stage to cry "more, 
more, more"! Shades of the Grand 
Funk RR! We must just keep in mind 
that Des Prez has had his audiences 
for 500 years. I wonder, where the 
Grand Funk RR, or the Beatles, of 
memories of Janis Joplin will be 500 
years hence? 


Following the ceremony : Bishop and Mrs. Taylor, shown with Mrs. Taylor's grandsons, and the Bishop's 
granddaughters, and Mrs. Henry Grady Pannell, who is standing in front of Gary Pannell. 

S&nd zjllau zJAeu J^W ?ytaAkim &t 

Saturday, June the twelfth, nine- 
teen hundred and seventy-one was the 
date of "The Wedding." At Sweet 
Briar this did not mean Tricia Nixon's 
to Edward Cox but that of President 
Anne Gary Pannell to The Right 
Reverend George Taylor, Bishop of 
the Diocese of Easton, Maryland. 

A wonderfully happy, warm family 
affair it was. The service in the Me- 
morial Chapel was followed by a re- 
ception and wedding breakfast, with 
guests seated at tables under the trees 
in Sweet Briar Gardens. Only kith 
and kin and close personal friends 
were bidden, but what an amazing 
number of these a College President 


and an Episcopal Bishop seem to col- 
lect! They all came, from far and 
near. There was more of "The Cloth" 
gathered together than at any time in 
the College's history with the possible 
exception of the time of the dedication 
of the Chapel. 

Mrs. Taylor has reminded us that 
she is an alumna of Sweet Briar 
(having been made an honorary mem- 
ber of the Class of 1910, which gave 
her a gold and sapphire pin as a wed- 
ding present) and that a warm wel- 
come awaits other alumnae at 514 
Trippe Avenue, Easton, Maryland. 
However, she does not yet promise to 
let guests sample her cooking! 

— E. B. W. 


Historical research: 
"Exciting as a treasure hunt 

A newspaper article in the Greensboro Daily News 
caught our eye (it said "Mrs. Berkeley is a Sweet Briar 
College graduate"), and after research of our own we 
find a unique story of a husband-and-wife team engaged 
in historical research and writing. 

Dorothy Smith Berkeley, '32, implies that her interest 
in historical research comes from her study with Miss 
Caroline Sparrow, former chairman of the Sweet Briar's 
History Department. "For those of us who were privileged 
to take one of her classes, it was an unforgettable expe- 
rience," writes Mrs. Berkeley. "Miss Sparrow was a gifted 
actress and a dedicated enthusiast of her subject. History, 
for her students, became a lively, exciting story. Her 
seminar for history majors was an excellent introduction 
to research methods and certainly a temptation for stu- 
dents to do graduate work in the field. Our Garden biog- 
raphy is dedicated to Miss Sparrow and two of Edmund's 
professors . . . 

"To all alumnae who feel suddenly liberated as their 
children become adult, I heartily recommend historical re- 
search as a hobby. It is as exciting as a treasure hunt 
and leads on along fascinating trails in this country and 
abroad. One dividend is the delightful people one meets — 
those who share the same interest and the librarians are 
unstintingly helpful, to say nothing of the descendents of 
the men about whom one is writing. 

"While our work has been in the history of science, a 
fairly new field in this country, there is a tremendous area 
of research still to be done in United States history. His- 
torians have concentrated on the major figures, but little 
attention has been paid to the minor, but supporting char- 
acters, on the scene through the years — men such as John 
Beckley. If one is reluctant to invest the years' .work re- 
quired for a full-length book, history journals are always 
interested in short articles. Moreover, they often offer a 
small honorarium! If history is of interest, but writing- 
is not, there are many ways in which one can assist local 
historical societies. They invariably have papers to be cat- 
alogued and often welcome the editing of some of their 
manuscripts. Then, too, there is genealogical research, in 
which Lucy Harrison Miller Baber, '30, has been so active 
(her second book was published this past spring). While 
the whole field of historical research is eminently satisfy- 
ing, the greatest reward is the opening of new areas of 
interest and the continuation of the learning process, 
abandoned to raise a family." 

Dorothy Berkeley's renewed "learning process" began 
some years ago; to be exact, on a fall evening at Wil- 
liamsburg in 1957, when she and Edmund heard a lecture 
by Dr. Conway Zirkle, biologist at the University of 
Pennsylvania. The occasion was John Clayton Day, honor- 
ing the botanist John Clayton (1694-1773) of Gloucester, 
Va. In a conversation with the Berkeleys following the 
lecture, Dr. Zirkle said that it had been a difficult talk to 
give because no one had ever done an adequate research 

study of Clayton's life. Zirkle had no way of knowing that 
his remark then and there launched a research-writing 
career for Dorothy Berkeley. Not long after the Williams- 
burg evening, she began to spend time in libraries of the 
area, the Virginia State Library, Virginia Historical 
Society, The College of William and Mary, Colonial Wil- 
liamsburg, and the University of Virginia. 

When not absorbed in manuscript collections, Dorothy 
was involved in correspondence with many libraries in this 
country and abroad, seeking data on John Clayton. Ed- 
mund Berkeley, then Assistant Administrator, University 
Center in Virginia in Richmond, heartily encouraged his 
wife and her work ; in fact, "he had been told in the begin- 
ning he would be expected to assist, and he gladly agreed, 
never really expecting that much new Clayton material 
could be found." Both he and Dorothy became wholly in- 
terested in the Clayton research, and in 1963 the Univer- 
sity of North Carolina Press published the Berkeley's first 
book, John Clayton: Pioneer of American Botany, illus- 
trated with line drawings by Dorothy Berkeley. 

For the past 14 years the Berkeleys have devoted much 
time to research and writing, particularly in the history 
of early American botany. They have three published- 
books and a number of published articles; have completed 
a fourth book and are now writing a fifth. Several grants 
from the American Philosophical Society have assisted 
them with travel expenses to libraries in this country and 
overseas; they have spent three working-summers abroad, 
mainly in the British Isles. 

While doing research for their Clayton biography, the 
Berkeleys were asked by the Virginia Historical Society 
to edit the scientific writings of a different John Clayton : 
the Reverend John Clayton (1657-1725), Rector of James- 
town from 1684-1686. This work led to their second book, 
The Reverend John Clayton: A Parson with a Scientific 
Mind, published by the University Press in Virginia, 1965. 

For their third biography, the Berkeleys chose an 18th- 
century botanist, Alexander Garden, the man for whom 
Linnaeus named the Gardenia. Dr. Alexander Garden of 
Charles Town was published in 1969 by the University of 
North Carolina Press. 

Through Dorothy's and Edmund's interests and study 
and writing, several "minor" historical figures have be- 
come important in American history. The Berkeley's 
achievements are examples of continuing education made 
possible — as Edmund comments — "when children are out 
from under foot." 

Edmund, Professor of Biology at Central Virginia Com- 
munity College and formerly Associate professor of Biol- 
ogy at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, 
and Dorothy of the Class of 1932 are parents of three 
children : Judith Berkeley Harrison, a Sweet Briar stu- 
dent from 1956-59; Norborne, probation and parole officer 
in Richmond; and Edmund, Jr., Curator of Manuscripts. 
University of Virginia Library. 


Cmss lypTES 

keep fingers crossed and save some strength, 
time and money for that 60th reunion. 


Rachel Forbush Wood (Mrs. Jared I.), Land- 
grove Rd„ Weston, Vt. 05161 

Greetings and congratulations to the Class 
of 1916 for its prompt response to a May 
12th letter asking support for a "Class of 
1916 Memorial Fund for the Endowment of 
the Altar Guild." Nineteen letters went to 
class members and a few to friends and rel- 
atives of deceased classmates. Our goal was 
$5,000 by Commencement and it was in the 
bag, cash and pledges, by May 31st. Margaret 
Banister announced the gift at the luncheon 
honoring reunion classes. How we wished 
that all you survivors might have been there! 
Better luck in '76. 

Here are a few brief gleanings from letters 
received with your checks: 

Louise Bennett Lord, vacationing on Mason's 
Island, Mystic, Conn, regretted that their 51st 
wedding anniversary coincided with our 55th 
reunion. Helen Beye Hamilton was having a 
homecoming of her large and far-flung family 
at their ancestral acres, Twin Lakes, Wise. 
"Lynne" Brown Harrison's married grand- 
daughter was arriving in Seattle, thus pre- 
venting a trip East but, we surmise, not the 
golf that Lynne and her husband enjoy to- 

Doris McConnell Duberg's husband wrote 
that Doris has not been well for a year. On 
her behalf he enclosed a most generous con- 
tribution. Grace Minor is flourishing in In- 
dependence, Mo. Mary Pennypacker Davis was 
tripping with her husband in England. Edna 
Rigg Brown, one who chose to be a bride 
rather than a graduate, has no regrets as it 
gave her 55 years with a good husband. Lucy 
Taliaferro, who planned to come from Rich- 
mond, inopportunely sprained her back. 

Special thanks for his contribution and en- 
couragement go to James M. Hagood, who 
lost his lovely wife, Antoinette Camp, on 
December 31, 1970. 

Margaret Banister and Rachel Forbush 
Wood, eluding family ties and incapacitating 
ailments, made their pilgrimage to Sweet 
Briar together, as planned in 1966. Ban has 
a charming apartment in Charlottesville and 
promises to write a third novel if she can 
spare enough time from her dedicated services 
to an enchanting Scottie. As for me, I shall 
probably end up a rambling wreck less'n I 
stay home more than I have the first half of 
'71 — two months in southern Spain and France, 
springtime visits in Savannah and Charleston, 
and, following the resurrection of my Ver- 
mont garden from the horrendous snows of 
'71, the happy return to Sweet Briar. Let's 



Elizabeth Lowman Hall (Mrs. Asaph B.) College 
Apt. AT, College Ave. & 6th St., Elmira, N. Y. 

Fund Agent 

Miss Margaret McVey, Prestwould Apt., Rich- 
mond, Va. 23220 

I am sorry that I did not write spring notes 
but I have been busy with my son's family 
because of the illness of our granddaughter. 
She has improved but, due to the nature of 
the disease, the future is not bright. To finish 
the news of me, note change of address 
above. We will be back in Elmira after August 

Imogene Burch Schuneman offers the tenth 
edition of her Yankee Cook Book this year, 
using, as author, the name of Imogene Wol- 

Jane Pratt Betts and husband are still driv- 
ing their travel trailer about the U.S. as they 
have been doing for 15 years. 

Margaret McVey sent me the financial re- 
port of our class's giving as of 7-20-70. We 
raised over one thousand dollars and won 
the award that the Angels offered. She sug- 
gests a 55th reunion. What spirit! 

Elizabeth Madson Eddy wrote that her hus- 
band died very suddenly of a heart attack 
while they were on vacation at Sea Island 
about two years ago. She still lives in Osh- 
kosh, Wisconsin, beside Lake Winnebago and 
enjoys swimming and her neighbors. She and 
Ruth Mcllravy Logan get together occasionally. 



Marjorie H. Shepherd, Apt. 623, 2500 Wiscon- 
sin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 
Fund Agent 

Wanda Jensch Harris (Mrs. Welton W.), 1530 
E 77th, Indianapolis 29, Ind. 46240 

I departed for our 45th with some fear and 
trepidation, as basically, I am not reunion- 
oriented. Also, I had no pictures of grand- 
children (I had meant to take some of my 
Australian cousins as a decoy but forgot); 
then too, I was a bit apprehensive about 
seeing the many changes that had transpired 
since my last visit to SBC in 1944! Well, I 
actually saw very few pictures of grand- 
children, or even great grandchildren, which 
could have resulted from (1) tact on the part 
of my colleagues, or (2) the fact that 1 did 

not stay with it, or them (!), in the "rec" 
room of the Meta Glass "dorm" until 3:00 or 
4:00 a.m. In retrospect, I regret this, as I 
have a feeling that this was when pictures 
were passed around and confidences, that 
never rose to the surface in the later a.m., or 
even p.m., hours were exchanged. Anyway, it 
was all GREAT. 

The eighteen who returned (to wit: Ruth 
Abell Bear, Kitty Blount Anderson, Mary Bristol 
Graham, Marietta Darsie, Margaretta Denman 
Wilson, Polly Carey Dew Woodson, Dorothy 
Fairbairn Miller, and husband Lermond, Helen 
Finch Halford, who came the farthest, Wanda 
Jensch Harris, Dorothy Keller lliff, Edna Lee 
Gilchrist, Elizabeth Moore Rusk, Ellen Newell 
Bryan, Katharyn Norris Kelley, Margaret Rein- 
hold Mitchell, Jane Riddle Thornton, Marjorie 
H. Shepherd, Barbara Ware Smith and hus- 
band Richard) were of the best but not all 
of the best because the rest of you didn't 
come! And Sweet Briar is the most beautiful 
place in the world. The new buildings, land- 
scaping, etc., all enhance its natural and 
original beauty and we could have sat or 
walked and looked for days and days. And 
through all events ran the thread of aware- 
ness of Mrs. Pannell's imminent departure and 
of all she has done for SBC. We could have 
been sad if she had not looked so happy. 

We had our picnic with Edna Lee Gilchrist 
and Joe following the Happy Hour to which 
all had been invited. Of course they couldn't 
have turned us out in the pouring rain which 
characterized both Saturday and Commence- 
ment day itself. But they didn't intend to! 
And it was there that class elections, and I use 
the word loosely, were held. (That's how I 
came to be secretary). Anyway, Kitty Blount 
Anderson was re-elected president and Wanda 
saved the day by volunteering to be fund 
chairman so everybody help! 

The following tidbits were gleaned from 
those who attended and those who did not: 

Dot Keller lliff reported that she and Se- 
ward had moved to another Denver suburb in 
June 1970 following a trip to Vienna, Ober- 
ammergau and the French chateau country. 

Dot Fairbairn Abdill Miller had previously 
written of her marriage to Lermond in Decem- 
ber 1970. Following the death of her first 
husband, a Navy captain who was killed in 
WW II, Dot worked with the U.S. Civil Service 
for a number of years while raising her family 
of three daughters, all of whom have college 
degrees "plus". 

Catherine Farrand Elder wrote that her 
seventeen year old granddaughter, Cathi, was 
to graduate from high school with honors in 

Frances McCamish McNeel is still teaching 
biology and chemistry to high school sopho- 
mores. Aside from this, she has been busy 
having eleven grandchildren. 


Daisy Huffman Pomeroy, while still living in 
New York, spends much of her time in Sea 
Island, Ga., and summers at Pomeroy Farms 
in Stroudsburg, Penn. 

Gertrude Collins Calnan writes most interest- 
ingly from her new address in Grosseto, Italy. 
She says that she and her husband moved 
from Milan three years ago "after seventeen 
years in that smoggy but dynamic city." They 
are now settled in a "villino" that they built 
for their retirement. It overlooks a large bay 
which is partially framed by a peninsula 
called the Argentario and a gently-curving 
five-mile stretch of pine forest and sand beach. 
Gertrude continues: "To the left we see the 
open Mediterranean and to the right, the 
mirror-like lagoons with the sea far beyond. 
We have no difficulty in persuading our 
daughter Arline and her lawyer husband to 
come with their small son from New York and 
our son, Alan, and his family, to come from 
Brussels for long visits . . . but, of course, it is 
in the summer that we have our greatest in- 
flux of visitors." She sends best wishes to any 
class members who may remember her. (Shall 
we all pay a visit to our freshman president 
who seems uncertain that we will remember 

Betty Moore Rusk and husband Stan are 
planning a trip to Nova Scotia in late August 
after a stopover at their camp at Noisy 
Brook, Maine, to see daughter Gwen and son 
Whit and families. Daughter Mary, husband 
Scot, and babe Elizabeth, live in San Antonio, 

Peg Reinhold Mitchell departs for Europe in 
September for a walking tour. After threat- 
ening to do so for many years, she finally did 
retire from teaching in the Wilmington, Del., 
public schools in June. 

Wanda Jensch Harris, who also retired re- 
cently from her teaching job in Indianapolis, 
was promptly snatched up for another. 

Mory Bristol Graham was expecting a visit 
this summer from daughter Judy (SB 1958) and 
family. In mid-June, Mary and husband, Larry, 
visited Louise Bristol Lindemann (SB 1928) on 
Cape Cod. I met Jane Riddle Thornton's 
beautiful daughter Mimi at SBC. She is as 
striking a brunette as Jane was blonde. Re- 
cently, when I visited briefly with Joan Dan- 
zansky, one of Edna Lee Gilchrist's twins, I 
ran into Bebe Gilchrist Barnes (SB 1927) and 
her husband en route from Florida to Canada. 

And whenever I go to Dallas, Penna., as 
distinguished from Dallas, Tex., I see Eliza- 
beth Cobb Sutherland and her husband Don. 
They, incidentally, see Marg Cramer Crane 
(SB 1927) and her husband Bill fairly often. 



Adelaide Wampler Kundahl (Mrs. George G.), 
6801 Meadow Lane, Chevy Chase, Md. 20015 
Fund Agents 

Gwen Olcott Writer (Mrs. George S., Jr.), 21 
Fifth Ave., Nyack, N. Y. 10960 
Betsy Williams Gilmore (Mrs. Kirk), 114 Benn- 
ington Rd., Charlottesville, Va. 22901 

Serena Ailes to Mark Stevens (father of 
Betty Ann Stevens SB 1955) April 3, 1969. 

We extend our sincerest sympathy to Sally 
Rearhard who lost her father Jan. 23, 1971. 

In a happier vein, many of our class mem- 
bers are enjoying traveling in our "retire- 
ment" years, and we wish more would write 
us of their trips and experiences. George re- 

tired from the Joint Congressional Committee 
on Printing in May— just in time to help pack 
for a cruise to Scandinavia. The highlights of 
the trip for me were our excursion to the 
North Cape to view the Midnight Sun and our 
flight from Leningrad to Moscow. Seeing the 
bleak Russian way of life vividly reaffirms 
the hopes for democracy in this confused 

We had many memorable experiences on 
our cruise, but nothing to compare with Mary 
Huntington Harrison and Web's expedition to 
the Arctic in July, 1970. They were stranded 
for three days due to fog at a distant Arctic 
point. Since the radio at the outpost gave 
out the day after they landed there was no 
way to communicate with the outside world 
that they would be late returning home. 
Mary and Web's trip to Wyoming last fall 
was "peaceful" by comparison— they had 10 
inches of snow, with temperatures as low 
as 8°. Since then Mary's spent many enjoy- 
able days riding around Ohio on her new 
horse which she writes is "small, quiet, and 
absolutely foolp roof. " 

Lucy Shirley Otis regrets that she missed 
our 40th reunion, but she and Leon were "on 
a slow boat to China". Her trip from Hong 
Kong to Thailand was the high spot of the 
cruise for her. The excursion to Honolulu was 
especially interesting, as they had not been 
there since a year before the attack on 
Pearl Harbor. 

Other travelers — Mono Stone Green and 
Thornton — have been specializing in boating 
expeditions when they are not at home hunt- 
ing or enjoying their granddaughter. Serena 
AMes Stevens reports that she and Mark 
"travel steadily and extensively to the far 
reaches of the world — strenuous, but fun and 

Meanwhile, many of our gals are relaxing 
and exercising at the same time, often with 
other SB alumni. While on her way to her 
winter home in Key Largo, Fla., Mary Douglas 
Lyon Stedman visited Betty McCrady Bard we 1 1 
in Tangerine, Fla. What a fine time they had 
golfing and fishing! The Stedmans have added 
a bedroom, bath, pool, and utility room to 
their home and are now enjoying the "fruits 
of our labors". 

Happy Cather Lansing spends many happy 
hours visiting her three sons. Paul II, the 
eldest, is a physician in New Orleans; Harry 
resides in San Francisco; and Jimmy is a grad- 
uate of Tulane Univ. with a Masters in Busi- 

Majorie St urges Moose is upholding the in- 
tellectual side of our class. She is busy "vital- 
izing" Latin classes at one of Huntsville's 
high schools. She thinks in French, but "the 
spoken Latin that pours out is something less 
than Cicero. So I boss them in French and 
teach Latin." In addition, she also gives lec- 
tures to "captive audiences of teachers" on 
the teaching of comprehension. 

We wish to congratulate Frances Harrison 
McGiffert for receiving the Junior League of 
Duluth's Sustainer of the Year award for 
1970. Frances's services to her community are 
varied, and were comprehensively reported in 
the Duluth Herald. Among her many contribu- 
tions have been working with the Family 
Welfare Society, at Duluth's St. Luke's Hospital, 
with Duluth Children's Home Society, in St. 
Paul's Episcopal Church, and with the Duluth 
Council of Churches. Mrs. McGiffert's activi- 
ties extend into other areas of endeavor- 
ranging from the Duluth Playhouse, the 
AAUW, the Republican Party, the DAR, and 
the Women's Institute of Duluth. She has held 

positions of responsibility in all of these or- 
ganizations, and in most has served as presi- 
dent or on the board. In addition, she has 
founded an "investment club" for women. 
We are proud of Frances McGiffert's many 
contributions to her community. Perhaps other 
members of our class will draw inspiration 
from her example to find areas of concern 
in our own communities where we may be 
of service. 

We hope that 1971 has been a healthy and 
happy year for you. Since it was not a re- 
union year for our class we have lost touch 
with some of your current activities. Please 
inform us of your travels, grandchildren, in- 
tellectual endeavors, community services, and 
all your greatest joys. May your sorrows be 
small and your memories of Sweet Briar be 



Marion Gwaltney Hall (Mrs. Francis K.), 1471 

Peyton Pi., Macon, Ga. 31201. 

Fund Agent 

Emily Marsh Nichols (Mrs. Emily J.), 4501 

Conn. Ave., N.W., Apt. 1119, Washington, D.C. 

Notes from Fund Flaps are scarce and my 
only sources of S. B. '34 news are even 
scarcer. From the flaps since last August: 

Nancy Butzner Leavell: Our family has ex- 
tended out in the past year. Anne (S.B. '63) is 
in Seattle, Washington where her husband, Dr. 
Herbert Reynolds, is resident in medicine at 
the U. of Washington. Son Byrd worked in 
Olympia National Park, Washington, this 
summer but is back now in second year at 
Univ. of Va. Lucie is in Madison, Wis. where 
she is in second year of City Planning and 
husband Scott Nagel from Milwaukee is in 
second year Medicine. 

Dorothy Twine Gardner: Still loving my job 
as manager and buyer of china, crystal, linens 
and silver for a delightful Home Furnishing 
and Gift shop here in Palo Alto. Travel to 
Los Angeles and San Francisco for buying 
trips as well as N. Y. once a year. Both 
daughters married and have one grandson — 
anxiously awaiting a second (by adoption). 

Gail Donahue Jensen: After the death of 
my husband and the marriage of my two 
youngest children, I sold my house and now 
live in a big apt.— size necessary because of 
my Dalmatian dog "Freckles" and visits from 
the five grandchildren. 

Judy Dougherty Musser: Bill and I spent a 
wonderful month in England and Europe last 
Fall. We now have two grandchildren, a boy 
age 4 and a girl 1 V2. They live in Toronto 
and we just don't see them often enough. 

Majorie Van Evera Lovelace: My son Richard 
recently completed his Ph.D. in Aerophysics of 
Cornell. Daughter Jean and husband. Bill 
Stinchcombe, were awarded their Ph.D.'s 
several years ago at Univ. of Michigan in 
Political Science and History. 

Katherine Means Neely: Having completed 
the annual cottage-closing and packing I 
drove west and expect to winter mostly at 
Laguna Beach, but will tour around con- 
siderably as long as my aging car holds out. 
Just now the California sunshine is dismay- 
ingly soggy. 

Comment from Martha Lou Lemmon Stehl- 
man: Are vital statistics and trips the only 
acceptable news in a column of class notes? 
Or are they just the easiest to write down? 
I haven't time to write anything else, wish 


Commencement 1971: Professor of 
Government Thomas V. Gilpatrick 
and Katharine Gambrill Fisher of 
Chester, Va. Three times the Emilie 
Watts McVea Scholar, Katharine was 
gradna ted magna cum laude with 
Highest Honors in International Re- 
la tions. 

someone else would). 

Louise Dreyer Bradley: Had a delightful 
visit with Julia Sadler deColigny at her farm 
near Amherst. Seems like you never left S.B.C. 
when you see warm friends like Harriet 

Eleanor Fitch Welch: Still working at the 
St. Petersburg Public Library. 

From Rosamond Garrett Coley: My daughter 
Rosamond Sample Brown ('64) is living with 
me for a year while her husband, Lt. Col. 
Harry L. Brown is in Saigon. We are enjoying 
her two sons, Stewart Murray, age 3 and 
Garrett Houston, 6 months. 

Betty Suttle Briscoe: change of address: 
from Haverford to 514 E. Lancaster Ave., 
Wynnewood, Pa. 19096. 

Louise Greenwood Ltppett: My husband 
died in June 22, 1 970. I am working at a 
Special Library in a small firm in Darien, 
Conn. (Our sympathy to Louise and to Cecil 
Birdsey Fuessle. Ray died in Jan. in San 
Francisco shortly after their arrival there to 
visit daughter Jackie and new grandchild.) 

Our daughter Cleveland will be graduating 
next June. She has spent the summer at the 
Univ. of Oregon and loved it, is presently 
slowly driving home with new friends. I hope 
to have news of Connie Burwell White as 
Cleveland promised to call her in Denver. 

Please drop a card and be sure to fill out 
the Fund flap. Emily writes us great letters 
about the Fund and, hopefully, next August 
there will be many flaps showing our class 
truly gives. 


Lucy Taliaferro Nickerson (Mrs. C. C), 80 Bat- 
tin Rd., Fair Haven, N.J. 07701 
Fund Agent 

Dorothy Tison Campbell (Mrs. James B.), Box 
218, Manchester Center, Vt. 05255 

First I shall send on to you the gleanings 
from notes you have sent in to the Alumnae 
Office. Frannie Bailey Brooke wrote that her 
group is "out from under" — Son Chip being a 
Capt. in Marine Corps at Fort Sill after his 
tour in Viet Nam and her daughter Marion is 
living at Whiteman AFB, Mo. So she and her 
husband were taking off for their first trip 
to the Far East in 8 years, a refresher course 
for her George who teaches Far Eastern His- 
tory at VMl set up to include eight countries. 
Dotty Gipe Clement was very succinct, merely 
reporting "two granddaughters: Caroline, 2Vi 
yrs. and Martha, 4 months. Macky Fuller Kel- 
log wrote in the midst of selling bulbs that 
she was looking toward two graduations last 
June— a second son graduating from Harvard 
and her third son graduating from Andover 
and heading for Harvard this fall. 

Marion Brown Zaiser was happy that her 
son Robert was home safely from 2 years in 
Southeast Asia and able to get home frequent- 
ly. Brownie seems very busy on her own: Clerk 
of the Vestry of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 
Trustee of Canterbury School (church affili- 
ated) and Sec'y of The Christmas Toy Shop 
there in St. Petersburg. Jessie Silvers Bennett 
wrote of her delighted surprise to run into 
Peter Dyer Sorenson there in Greenwich where 
she was playing in the National Sr. Women's 
Doubles Paddle Tennis tourney. Jessie con- 
sidered this "heart warming" for our Senior 
Citizens group— which I refuse to admit! 

Ces Jansen Kendrick wrote that she and 
her husband were still in constant flux — 
working "on the Hill" in Washington. She has 
two married sons— one Headmaster of The 
Valley School in Owings Mills, Md., and the 
other with a brokerage firm on Wall Street— 
and a daughter vho graduated from Pine 
Manor, then the U. of Colorado, and now 
works for a bank in Denver. I had hoped to 
catch a glimpse of Ces when my Ann and I 
went on the Virginia tour of colleges last 
spring, but she and her husband were back in 
Colorado on the compaign swing between 
sessions of Congress. 

I did have some luck on our trip. When we 
were at Sweet Briar, we took Lucy Robb 
Winston Works' daughter for dinner at the 
new Wailes Center. Ann got a student's view 
of SBC and Betty told us of her family and 
how her father is still busy with conferences 
and supervising one of the drug "outreach" 
groups. The Works family had had a great 
reunion in Roanoke with Molly Talcort Dodson 
and her husband, Grif, a lawyer there. Also, 
one night when Ann was visiting a friend at 
Hood College I went on up to Towson, Md., 
to spend the night with Kay Hoyt. We had a 
grand time relaxing and catching up while 
she made me supper in her apartment, and 
the next morning I went over to the Bryn 
Mawr School where she works and saw her 
start her group of girls on their way, giving 
them their announcements in home-room while 
I "sidewalk superintended" up front. Kay had 
been most touched by the fact that a recent 
graduating class there had dedicated their 
annual to her. 

My last bit of news came from a telephone 
conversation while Charley and I were on 
vacation. We stopped overnight on our way 
to Highlands, N. C, so I had to call ex-room- 
mate Rilma Wilson Wadsworth. She reported 
that she and husband George were doing fine 
and that her son Robert, having finished NCU 
last June, is now in the Peace Corps in Africa, 
teaching English to the French-speaking little 
boys. For our own news, Charley is at last 

working in a New Jersey bank, which I tell 
him is "semi-retirement" after commuting; 
eldest Clark is doing his two year hitch for 
ROTC, assigned as Asst. Adjutant of Edgewood 
Arsenal, Md., and taking English courses at 
Johns Hopkins to fill his time; Paul has a year 
to go at Dickinson; and Ann, a Senior in high 
school, chiefly filling her time as a lieutenant 
in their Drill Team. 

Keep sending your money to the Fund so 
you can send me some notes, and send along 
news via Christmas cards for a February 


Ann Hauslein Potterfield (Mrs. Thomas), 4611 

Virginia Ave., S.E., Charleston, W. Va. 

Fund Agent 

Alice Sweney Weed (Mrs. George H.), 2245 

Delaware St., St. Paul, Minn. 55118 

The "Summer of '42" had to be less com- 
plex than the summer of '71. All those who 
agree say "aye"— heavens what a din! 

Daughter no. 3, Phyllis, returned from her 
Jr. year in England and will marry Bill 
Bailey, medical student at Tulane U. on Au- 
gust 21st. Daughter no. 4 starts St. Mary's 
Junior College, Raleigh, on August 18th— 
slight conflict. Kathy (SBC 70) gets her Physi- 
cal Therapy degree from Columbia in Sep- 

Susanne Deas is getting her Masters in 
Social Work, while working with young 
people on drugs— attending a drug seminar 
at Yale. Her children are grown, and Hap 
passed away three years ago. Susanne says 
she is starting a new life. 

Ruth Jacquot Tempest combined son Mark's 
graduation from Chapel Hill with attending 
his marriage in July to Martha Sterrett in 
Raleigh. Mark was commissioned in the Navy. 
Eugenia Burnett's eldest, Griffin Affel, gradu- 
ated from St. Lawrence University and then 
wed Kris ten Freeman at St. Lawrence. 

The Brewer girls, daughters of Grace Lanier, 
are most loyal SBC-ites. Carol is a freshman, 
Connie a senior and Betty graduated in '71. 
Their oldest, Grace, teaches in Atlanta where 
she sees Lyn Tremain, oldest daughter of 
Betsy Gilmer Tremain. 

Our artist, Frannie Meeks Young Temple 
has a demanding clientele, but has time for 
son Randy at U.Va. and daughter Rumsey 
and 3 grandchildren. She saw Mimi Galloway 
Duncan in N. Y. in Mimi's East River home. 

As a relief from the summer heat, think of 
Elizabeth Duffield Fajans, husband Wayne and 
five children working at their ski lodge in 
Vermont. Norm, oldest son and Wendy, a 
daughter, will attend U. of Vermont. 

Want to see your name in print, brag about 
an offspring, plug a cause, practice penman- 
ship or just be a good egg? Write — either to 
me or the Alumnae Office — then we'll write 
about you. Support our College in any and all 
ways. We need each other. 


Polly VanDeventer Saunders (Mrs. Robert), 
16 Shirley Rd., Newport News, Va. 23601 
Fund Agent 

Elinor Clement Littleton (Mrs. Frederick C), 
407 Woodland Ave., Wayne, Pa. 19087 


Here we are back in print. Each class makes 
its appearance once a year so next time I 
write for your news please respond so we 
can keep up with each other. 

The 25th was fun! I would say there were 
about 30 of us aboard and we were all as 
cute as ever. Wheat Young Call's scrapbook 
gave us news and memories of all of you not 
present so you were there very much in 
spirit. The news I have now is from you who 
responded to my recent card and to the fund 
envelope flaps. 

Polly Kent Page and husband Bob recently 
spent a work-play month in Yugoslavia. Their 
son is a 2nd Lt. in the Marine Corps and is 
assigned to Constellation in the Pacific. They 
have 2 girls at home in Toledo. Anne Hill 
Edwards writes from Sweet Briar Circle in 
Portsmouth, Va. that Helen Graeff Ellerman 
and husband Ray moved in August to Har- 
risonburg, Va., where she will be Minister of 
Music at the Asbury United Methodist Church 
and Ray will teach at Eastern Mennonite 
College. Sue Criswill Bomschein writes from 
Bellaire, Mich, that Graeff and Ray came to 
Ft. Wayne soon after their wedding and their 
house was filled with music. Sue's permanent 
home is in Ft. Wayne but she is about to 
adopt Bellaire. She is very active in interior 
design and architecture — mostly residential and 
vacation type. She has Samantha, 5, Christo- 
pher, 6V2, and two teenagers, Heidi and John. 

Corinne Klemm Jackson, who lives in Gaines- 
ville, Fla. with husband Elmo, a professor of 
Economics, extends a lovely invitation to all 
of us if we are ever in Gainesville. Jeanne 
Parham Coors says that Memphis is hosting 
the Garden Club of America at their annual 
meeting next April. If any of you are going 
to be delegates to that meeting please write 
to Parham. Barbara Hood Sprunt is probably 
having a group too. They hope to have a 
mini class reunion. Parham's two oldest 
daughters, Jeanne and Christy, are both mar- 
ried and living in Knoxville where their veteran 
husbands are students at the University of 
Tenn. (Jeanne has recently had Parham's 
grandson.) Dabney, number three daughter, 
and her husband have been living in Eleanor 
Boswell Shannon's guest house in Charlottes- 
ville, getting Bozzie's four daughters off to 
four different school each morning and a few 
other chores for the Shannons in exchange 
for their housing. Parham's fourth and last 
daughter is Cary, 13. 

Carolyn Rudolph Sellers is living in Mont- 
gomery and was the mother of the bride in 
June. Susan, a '71 graduate from SBC, mar- 
ried Hugh Ewing, a recent U.Va. graduate. 
They are living in Richmond. Philip, Rudy's 
son, is 18 and will be a freshman at W. & L. 
Her Ellen is 16 and still at home with an 8 
year old who is going into the 3rd grade. 
Rudy was at Susan's graduation on Sunday 
morning and had to leave campus before the 
reunionites started rolling in. She did get a 
happy glimpse of Nancy Dowd Burton. Rudy 
was delighted to have Bess Pratt Wallace and 
their adorable little red-headed girl, Tracy, 6, 
for the weekend of Susan's wedding. "Bess 
is as lovely and serene as ever." 

Bowdre Budd Poer reports from Greensboro 
that her daughter and lawyer-husband are 
living there and she is delighted to be near 
her new granddaughter. Her son Jay is also 
married and attends the Univ. of N. C. in 
Greensboro. Jim and Anne are still in high 

I don't know how Sarah McDuffie Hardaway 
even had time to reply. They have recently 
been to a gathering of the clans with bag- 

pipes, highland flings and kilts in North Caro- 
lina. Her family was scattered — Page and 
Chip were in Birmingham; Susannah studying 
at UVa.; Mary Lu flying In from Lisbon the 
next day and their 12 year old taking off for 
Ireland for a visit. Sarah was about to leave 
for two weeks with Ben to shoot grouse in 
Northumberland! Susannah will go to Welles- 
ley this fall. 

Candy Greene Satterfield is about to move 
to New York. Jim is with British American 
Tobacco and they have lived in Louisville, 
Panama and England. Caroline was prepar- 
ing for a horseshow and Jimmy participating 
in swimming meets. She writes that Virginia 
Wynn has just returned from Bermuda. Ginny 
has fully recovered from her riding accident 
when she broke both her arms sometime ago. 

Clara Nichol Moore's two boys were about 
to leave for Germany, Austria and Hungary 
for a month of soccer. Clara has been busy 
with Colonial Dames, writing, tennis and 
drama club for gifted children. Al has his 
office at home now so its "for better or worse 
and also for lunch." 

Arianna Jones Wittke and Jim spent a 
wonderful year in Oxford where Jim worked 
in the Physics department, exchanging houses 
with an Oxford family. Her Jimmy, 14, and 
Anne, 12 are at Princeton Day School. She is 
busy with book fairs, church women's associa- 
tions and Sweet Briar bulbs. 

Marjorie Christian Schley's daughter Marga- 
ret is engaged to John Teichgrader. Jean is 
in Germany before returning to Smith for her 
junior year; Brandy goes to Denver Univ., 
young Dick is at Episcopal High. Moe has a 
full time job selling real estate in Savannah. 
Another real estate lady is Betty Ann Bass 
Norris, in Greenwich, Conn. Her oldest 
daughter, Neil, is a sophomore at Mt. Vernon. 
She sees Jessie Strickland Elcock in Greenwich. 
Pat Arms Brown is in Rye. Betsy Gurley Hew- 
son is in New Canaan. She is working three 
days a week at the local yarn shop. Joanie is 
a TWA international hostess. Tommy is a senior 
grade at Tabor Academy. Betsy recently saw 
Anne Hill Edwards and Bea Dmgwell Loos. 
Incidentally, if anyone needs selling tips write 
to Bea. She has sold a phenomenal amount 
of SBC bulbs. 

Marilyn Hannah Crocker is busy selling good 
will. She is chairman of the N.J. branch of 
the Philadelphia Center of International Visi- 
tors. She places about 500 foreign visitors 
(sponsored mostly by the State Dept.) in homes 
for a year. Husband Ken is Director of Product 
Standards for Campbell Soup. Daughter Cami 
graduated from SBC in June and Con! started 
in Sept. 

Ellen Thackray Wilson has 3 children ages 
16, 13 and 11. They spend their summers on 
a primitive island in Canada. "Father is 
teaching them to fly. He claims it is safer 
than driving — and they ski, squash and sail. 
I watch." 

Martha Witherspoon Brannon has been in 
New Jersey for 2 years while Carl was a 
resident in cancer surgery at Memorial Hos- 
pital in NYC. Monk worked at the Citizens 
National Bank. She and the 6 children skied, 
ice-skated and had a ball. Now they are 
permanently ensconsed in Tampa. 

Eleanor Myers Cole phoned Catherine Smart 
Grier bemoaning the fact that she could not 
make the 25th, but rejoicing in the pleasures 
of her 2 year old granddaughter. Catherine 
and Joe attended the ABA meeting in London 
and then toured southern England by car. 
Her Cathy is a freshman at SBC this year. 
Louise Crawford Moorefield and husband 

spent a weekend at the beach with the 
Griers. Louise has a son at USC, a daughter 
at Ashley Hall and a 1st grader. 

Helen Murchison Lane's son Ed spent last 
year in Europe on the SBC Junior Year Abroad 
program. She visited him there in April. He 
will attend W & L for his senior year while 
daughter Palmer will be a junior at W & L 
under the Sweet Briar exchange program. 
Crutcher Field Harrison's daughter Helen is 
a freshman at SBC this fall. She spent last 
year in Germany with one of the families 
their son lived with when he was an exchange 

Jo Thomas Collins became Jo Thomas Wat- 
kins last July. Her new husband was a 
widower with 3 children, so they now have 5. 
They live in McComb, Miss, with two of the 

Charlotte Dinsmore Olin's eldest daughter 
is a junior at Vanderbilt; her second gradu- 
ates from high school in '72; her third is in 
eighth grade; and her fourth in sixth grade. 
Charlotte has been in graduate school for 
two years — part time — in the library science 
department. Jane Richardson Vieth writes from 
Chevy Chase that she loved the reunion and 
that since then she had a lovely two weeks 
in Greece and London. She ran into Catherine 
Smart Grier at Harrod's! Rosie Ashby Dashiell 
is working in Norfolk with senior citizens in 
the model city area. Mary will be a sophomore 
at Salem College. David and Joe are at 
Norfolk Academy. 

My Liza and Robbie are in high school. Bob 
was one of the brave husbands at our 25th 
reunion and had a ball. We roomed next door 
to Mary Lou Holton and Bob Effler. Our 
husbands were most congenial. Bouquets to 
Dowd and Wheats for their great job in get- 
ting the reunion going. 


Mim Wyse Linsky (Mrs. Elliott), 29 Greenwich 

Ave., Leominster, Mass. 01453 

Fund Agent 

Louise Moore, Box 699, Lexington, Va. 24450 

A note from Cora Jane Morningstar Spiller 
which arrived just past last summer's dead- 
line reports that she and Bob and family 
moved to Newport, R. I. in time for the 
America's Cup Races. Bob's at the Naval War 
College, and their oldest daughter enrolled at 
Sullins last fall. They miss the Army, but find 
their new Navy friends delightful. However, 
a later note reveals that the Spillers will be 
moving to Frankfurt, Germany, in August. 

Lou Moore wrote that she attended an in- 
stitute at the Univ. of Calif. Law School at 
Berkeley last July; enjoyed that and touring 
San Francisco and nearby vicinities so much 
that she hated to leave. 

I had a very nice letter in October from 
Ann Belser Asher, written on the official sta- 
tionery from the Washington Antiques Show, 
of which Ann is Co-Chairman. The show was 
held in January and I'm sure it was a great 
success, since the previous one, which Ann 
also managed, was judged to be the most 
important antiques show in the country. Ann's 
other activities include designing and painting 
needlepoint canvases, managing her home 
and raising 4 children. Amen! 

Betsy Sawyer Hodges reports that Allen 
was transferred to Florida last July. They 
have built a new house complete with swim- 
ming pool, and hope to buy a boat soon. 


too. B. G. Elmore Gilleland is now a Reading 
Lab teacher in a nearby elementary school, 
and finds the work very interesting and re- 
warding. She is now taking her very last 
course at Rollins College, unless she decides 
to take up Oceanography! 

Anne Peyton Cooper and Jim moved from 
N. Y. to Summit, N. J. about 3 years ago. 
Anne is kept busy with two children, Nancy, 
2, and Jimmy, 5. In October, Dolly Clark Ras- 
mussen and her 2 daughters, Cathy (SBC '73), 
and Cindy, drove to Sweet Briar. "It was a 
thrill to see the magnificent new buildings, 
completed and landscaped— especially the new 
Student Center— too good to believe! Sweet 
Briar must be one of the most beautiful col- 
leges—anywhere!" Beautiful words from our 
beautiful May Queen. 

Dorothy Swan Lent, '13, wrote to the Alum- 
nae Office of the death, in June 1970, of her 
son, Ernest Swan Lent, who was the husband 
of our friend and roommate Sally Webb Lent. 
Our deepest sympathy and condolences go 
out to them both. And also to Evie Woods 
Cox, whose son was killed in an auto accident 
on the day after Christmas. 

Stokie Kyle Kimpel has been appointed 
publicity chairman of the Warwick Branch of 
AAUW. She writes that she is very proud 
that our own Mrs. Pannell is National Presi- 

Mary Dame Stubbs Broad enjoyed reunion 
last year; she wrote at Christmas that a family 
ski trip to Hot Springs in January might give 
her a chance to see Betsy Sawyer Hodges in 
Florida. Son Doug and daughter Susan are 
both in Jr. High School. 

Genevieve Hammel Geer's "family" keeps 
growing — last Christmas she had an AFS 
sister to their own daughter Priscilla, 16 — a 
lovely Swedish girl nabed Annika. The Geers 
also had with them a high school senior boy 
finishing school in Rye after his parents had 
moved west. This in addition to th^ir other 3 
children, Chris, Tim and Dominique. "Peter 
remodeling the house and me trying to feed 
and keep this crew happy. I am still in grad- 
uate school and there are days when I feel 
older than I did 20 years ago." 

I think that Sally Ann Bianchi Foster has 
the solution that we've all been looking for 
to the problem of the generation gap, e.g., 
"We are entering the generation gap age and 
I intend to keep it that way: Bob and I on 
top and then a gap!" Meg is a high school 
sophomore now, active in marching band and 
ghetto tutoring. Kate is in 9th grade and 
Andy is a lover of sports, games, his saxo- 
phone and bell bottoms. Sally Ann sent along 
Christmas cards from Polly Thomas Peck, 
whose son, Doug, is now in college. Hoddy is 
16, in 1 1th grade, son Rob is 13— from 
Nancy Franklin Hall, who apparently had a 
great, though watery Christmas in Tenn.— it 
rained!— and from Garland Hunter Davies, 
whose oldest son is at U. Va. Her girls are 
now senior and sophomore, respectively, in 
high school. Garland started graduate courses 
in January, and planned a return trip to 
Europe in April. Also from Henrietta Hill Hub- 
bard, who wrote that son Clark is at Johns 
Hopkins in his sophomore year now. Son 
Lister is a senior in prep school. 

And that's it, except for your correspondent, 
who had a most uneventful year, save Ned's 
Bar Mitzvah, which was a smashing success. 
We were all very proud of him— he did his 
prayers and Haftorah with great diligence 
and aplomb, and celebrated equally brilliantly 
afterwards! Faith is now 17 and a senior in 

high school, who does all the publicity work 
for the school's theatrical productions, and is 
arts and crafts counselor at a local Day Camp 
this summer. Ned is preoccupied with the 
piano, played a solo at the Jr. High gradua- 
tion, which was a big thrill for him since he 
was a lowly 7th grader at the time. Jim, 9, 
and Dan, 7, are lovable double trouble, so 
we keep busy. Link and I are planning a trip 
to California in August— might just get to see 
Peg MacDonald Humphrey in San Diego. 

Please send news — I have exhausted my 
reservoir. The flaps on your Alumnae Fund 
envelopes are very good for this purpose, 
and all news is forwarded to me. Christmas 
cards are nice, too, and so are plain old post- 
cards! I love hearing from and about all of 
you, and it's also good to know that I'll have 
items for this column, otherwise— no column! 
So Write! 



Bruce Watts Krucke (Mrs. William), 36 High 

Meadow Rd., Guilford, Conn. 06437 

Fund Agent 

Joy Parker Eldredge (Mrs. Charles L.), 4550 

Island Rd., Miami, Fla. 33137 


Jean Von Schilling to Walter B. Bennet. 
Now living in Richmond. 

Mary Ann Robb to Lt. Col. Romeo Henry 
Freer, USAF Ret., on Oct. 24, 1970 in George- 
town. Now living near Baltimore where Rome 
is with Western Electric. 

Ann Collins Teachout to Miami from Roa- 
noke. Had a long visit with friends and rela- 
tives in California including a week camping 
in the High Sierras. 

Helen Smith Lewis to Lynchburg where they 
are connected with the Virginia Episcopal 

Page Brydon Leslie to Lynchburg also. Her 
four children now range from 5 to 17 and the 
oldest girl is looking at SBC. I feel old. 

Many Anne Bowns Bell from Riverside, 
Conn., to Wilmington, Del. 

Lynn Carlton McCaff ree from Houston to 
Charleston, S. C. where Mike has command 
of a destroyer now that he is home from 
Viet Nam. His ship went to the Med this 
spring and Lynn and the girls went over for 
a couple of months seeing everything from 
Greece to Spain with lots of time in Italy. 
New Houses 

Nanci Jean Hay and Bill Mahoney in Ridge- 
field, Conn. Bill is with Coca Cola Export and 
travels all over the world. Nanci is still with 
Homequity where she is Head of Administra- 
tive Services (one of 3 depts.). She has the 
opportunity to travel in this country some. 

Hattie Hughes Stone in Glen Ellyn, III. 

Nancy Cornwall has new apartment in New 

Page Croyder Diehl in El Paso. 

Louise Skinner McLaughlin in New Smyna 
Beach, Fla. 

Jean Stoddard Barends and family went 
to Scotland and Holland to visit friends and 
relatives and to show the children where 
Fred grew up. They found Holland very 
changed (not for the good) since 1960. By 
the way, Jean's mother at a still vigorous 83 
has recently married a lifelong friend after 
being sadly widowed for the third time. 

Weezie Aubrey MacFarland went to London 

for several weeks while Jim "chaperoned" 
medical students studying the British Health 
Care system. 

Margaret Lu Van Peenan Grimes has been 
to Puerto Rico and Scandinavia in the past 
year. She is now teaching first and second 
year French at George Mason College. They 
live in MacLean, Va. 

Sally Gammon Plummer was sent by the 
Denver Alumnae Club to represent them at 
Alumnae Council at SBC. She joined Weezie 
for the trip and had a wonderful visit. She 
heartily recommends that everyone see the 
new campus changes. 

Joan Potter Bickel had a week in Florida 
in April. They have a new Great Dane, Sugar, 
to replace Twain, the one they recently lost. 
This one is a little older and Joan does not 
miss the puppy problems. 

Carole Van Tassel and Paul Donahue had 
their first real vacation in a long time when 
they left the six children with the grand- 
parents and went to St. Croix for ten days. 

Jerry Driesbach Ludeke and family camped 
for 8 weeks in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, 
Colorado, and Wyoming. Their winter activi- 
ties center around the Y, where Jerry swims 
a half mile a day and both John and the 
boys are in Indian Guides. Jerry is still active 
in the Volunteer Tutor Program and teaches 
High School Sunday School. 

Jean Gillespie Walker had a winter vaca- 
tion skiing in Colorado and has decided she 
prefers sunny islands. They have a new St. 
Bernard puppy. 

Nancy Moody still prefers skiing, also in 
Colorado. She has gone all over showing her 
new white hunter (horse, that is). She has 
also added a bay mare and a Beagle to her 
menagerie. She served on the Texas Senate 
Commission on Welfare Reform last winter. 

Cindy Sinclair Rutherford has been enjoying 
a challenging new system of teaching in an 
inner city 7th grade. Open classrooms, self- 
directed study, and team teaching in large 
blocks of time seem to be the principles. It 
would appear they are "bringing the horses 
and water together and letting them decide 
whether or not to drink and how much." It 
has been an exciting and different year. 

Heard from Jean Manning Morrissey for the 
first time in years. They have 4 boys and 2 
girls ranging in age from 3 to 15 and they 
spend their summers in a cottage in Northern 
Neck, LI. 

Dilly Johnson Jones has helped at Camp 
Grey stone for the last two summers, teaching 
canoeing. Her young Paul is at the companion 
camp for boys. She has seen lots of SBC 
daughters there. 

Doreen Booth Hamilton's husband is now 
President of the Child rens Hospital National 
Medical Center in Washington in addition to 
his law practice. 

Caroline "Kobo" Chobot Garner is an As- 
sistant Kindergarten teacher in the Loudon 
County Day School in Leesville. Both her chil- 
dren attend also. 

Anne Sheffield Hale is singing in the semi- 
professional Colson Chorale in Atlanta. She is 
also on the Board of the Westminster School 
where Sheffield, 10, and Ellen 8, go. 

Anne White Connell is teaching French at 
the Episcopal Day School. Her youngest boy 
is there while her oldest is at Culver. The 
whole family goes up to Culver for Thanks- 

The biggest accomplishment was made by 
Bev Smith Bragg who was elected Woman of 
the Year for Fayette County, Ala. The silver 


bowl was awarded to her daughter at the 
banquet because Bev and her husband were 
off on a trip to Brazil, Venezuela, Uraguay, 
Argentina, and Chile. She has become some- 
what of an expert on South America in her 
area. Here are some of the reasons Bev was 
honored: Chairman for the county celebration 
of Alabama's Sesquicentennial which was 
named the most comprehensive commemoration 
in the state; Organized the Pink Ladies, an 
association dedicated to making life more 
enjoyable for residents of the County Nursing 
Home (Bev has been Chairman or Vice Chair- 
man since its founding in 1962); Vice President 
of the County Mental Health Board and on 
the State Mental Health Board and State 
Commission for Hospitals and Clinics; Secre- 
tary and then President of the Music Study 
Clubs during which time she made arrange- 
ments for young musicians to give programs 
in VA hospitals; Instigated the Mother of the 
Year program in the county; Has held offices 
of the Park and Recreation Board, the Com- 
munity Fund, the American Red Cross branch, 
the Girls Scouts, the PTA and the WSS of the' 
1st Methodist Church; Chairman of the Church 
Missionary Circle; Chairman of Solicitations 
for Bryce-Partlow Schools; and an active 
worker in Newcomers. Needless to say Bev 
gets annoyed by the Women's Lib-ers who are 
bored without a paying job outside the home 
—there's plenty to do if you're willing. She 
does add that marvelous household help has 
made it possible for her to do as much as she 
does. I get tired just reading and writing it! 

Joy Parker Eldredge is another busy one. 
She is Chairman of the first Charity Ball of 
the Miami season which will be given by 
the Young Patronesses of the Opera aboard 
a new cruise ship before its maiden voyage 
—something a little different. Their boy, Clark, 
won al